Hemp is a valuable source of plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. It provides the nutrients that our body needs to function properly. In less than 3 Tablespoons of the seed, oil or protein powder, you could significantly improve your overall health and well-being.
The seeds, which are the edible part of the plant, can be pressed to make oil and protein powder. As a substitute in many vegetarian, vegan, non-gluten and raw diets, this healthy, renewable food is something you need to get your hands on (And we aren’t talking about the marijuana plant here). The leaves and flowers of hemp only contain the drug effects of marijuana, making the seeds a safe bet. In fact, the seeds contain less than 1 percent of the psychotropic chemical, THC that is present within the leaves.
Comprised of protein, a carbohydrate, fiber and amino acids, the whole seed is a great way to fulfill our dietary needs. The essential fatty acid content of hemp is 75 percent. These acids are an absolute must in our daily lives due to the fact that they can help reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, regulate our metabolism, and maintain the strength of our bones.
Products of hemp-based foods include hemp milk, cereals, frozen waffles and nut butters. The seeds can also be prepared as tea and used in baking. Hemp is similar to soy but is an excellent alternative if you wish to avoid soy, dairy, gluten and meat products.
– The Alternative Daily