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Hemp hearts, or “hulled hemp seeds,” are the soft, nutty-flavored, edible insides of the industrial hemp plant’s seeds with its outer crunchy shell removed; they offer a wide range of health and nutritional benefits! Jam packed with healthy fats, amino acids, and essential vitamins & minerals, this high-quality, plant-based protein is consumed in many forms: as a raw topper on salads, blended into a hemp milk, and even pressed into a hemp oil that can easily be incorporated into your diet.
The variety of nutritional products that this superfood can be transformed into demonstrates just how versatile the hemp plant really is! Read on to discover more about the nutritional benefits of hemp hearts and how easy it is to add them into your daily routine.
Hemp hearts are extraordinarily nutritious and rich in complete protein, healthy fats, and diverse vitamins and minerals. In fact, no other plant source compares with its incredible nutritional value! Used often as an easily digested dietary supplement by athletes and vegetarians, hemp hearts provide powerful, balanced, plant-based nutrition that can be found in most health food stores.
Hemp hearts are considered a complete source of plant-based protein because they contain all the essential amino acids our body needs to thrive. The concentration of protein in the small seeds is so high that 25% of its total calories are high-quality proteins, which is higher than both chia seeds and flaxseeds! They are particularly rich in arginine, an amino acid that benefits heart health.
Hemp seeds are also a wonderful source of dietary fiber making them highly nutritious. Although the majority of fiber comes from the seeds outer hull, or the shell that has been removed to expose the hemp heart, it is still a good source of fiber. Three tablespoons of hemp hearts contains about 1.2g of fiber!
Hemp hearts are an excellent source of healthy fats, particularly rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids. More specifically, they contain the polyunsaturated fatty acids gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that are essential for the body. GLA is an Omega-6 fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory effects; ALA is an Omega-3 fatty acid that improves cardiovascular health. The naturally balanced 3:1 ratio of these essential fatty acids in hemp hearts is optimal for our heart and brain health.
Hemp hearts are also an excellent source of Vitamin E and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, sodium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. These minerals are essential for delivering oxygen to the brain, building and repairing cellular tissues and supporting immunity.
Consume raw hemp hearts by sprinkling them on salads, yogurt, cereal, or oatmeal. Or find hemp seed oil, hemp milk, and hemp-based protein powder at your local health food store. You can even add hemp hearts to your favorite smoothie, and don’t forget to add a dropper of our amazing flavored tinctures for an extra kick of CBD. Use hemp seed oil in salad dressings, drink hemp milk as an alternative to dairy, and get creative with your recipes!
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