Hemp food – Nature’s nutritious super food
It may seem strange for some folks to learn that hemp is one of the most nutritious food sources on the planet. Mention hemp food and a typical reaction may go along the lines of “What? Hemp food? Do you mean to say getting stoned on “space cakes” is healthy?”
Let’s see why this is a rather absurd response! Hemp and marijuana are two very different things. Although both form part of the cannabis family, they produce different quantities of the psycho-active ingredient THC.
Hemp produces minimal quantities of THC. You cannot get high from hemp, irrespective of the quantity you consume. Neither is hemp food limited to cakes but can be found in a cross section of healthy, nutritious and delicious super foods. In fact, even dairy free ice-cream can be made from hemp!
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Omega 3 – Hemp rules!
It is a known fact that we have depleted our oceans and rivers of fish stocks. To continue as we have is simply not sustainable. Where will we get our fatty acids and omega 3 oils from? Can hemp food actually compete with fish?
The answer to that is yes, it most certainly can! Hemp seed contains extremely high nutritional values and very few food sources can compete. When it comes to polyunsaturated fats and omega 3 oils, hemp is by far superior to fish. In fact, hemp yields 104% more polyunsaturated fatty acids than fish oil and a whopping 460% more than the entire fish.
An added advantage that hemp has over fish is that hemp does not contain heavy metals. Heavy metals accumulate in concentrations the higher up the food chain one goes. Tuna, for example, contains heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury, both of which can trigger Minimata Disease.
How does hemp compare with other sources of omega 3? Can it compete with flax or chai seeds? Yes, without a doubt. When it comes to flax seeds, hemp produces 62% more polyunsaturated fats. Hemp also produces 96% more polyunsaturated fats than chai seeds.
Protein – Hemp benefits
As with Omega 3, very few food sources can compete when it comes to the protein content yield of hemp. Hemp protein is high in fibre content and should be considered a superior protein source.
Hemp protein is easily digested, making it the ideal choice for high performance athletes. Tests reveal that hemp protein has equal or better digestive values than many nuts, grains or legumes.
Hemp protein is also lauded for having anti-fatigue and potential immune enhancing properties. Hemp proteins are high in globulins which are known to improve the immune system. Hemp protein is also known to have protective agents that benefit the liver.
As a source of protein, hemp has an additional benefit over animal based proteins in that it does not cause extensive damage to the environment. The beef industry, for example, is responsible for deforestation, loss of habitat and the production of more methane gasses than the world’s entire transport system combined. By switching to plant based proteins such as hemp foods, not only will we be making a more ethical choice, we also stand to reverse the effects of global warming.
What other benefits does hemp food have to offer?
The industrial cultivation of hemp is not nearly as reliant on pesticides as many other food crops. This makes it a far more environmentally friendly alternative. Hemp returns nutrients to the soil while producing oxygen and controlling the devastating effects of soil erosion.
Hemp food products come in a huge range of interesting and delicious textures and flavours. It is perfectly legal to import hemp food products into the USA and several brand names are commercially available. Some of the more popular products include items such as hemp granola bars, hemp butter and hemp tofu. You can even get hemp chocolate and hemp milk, a delicious alternative to soy milk that is proving to be extremely popular among the vegan community.
Hemp food is nature’s source of nutrients that can be found in such quantities that it makes sense it would be the preferred choice among discerning consumers. Hemp food has been scientifically proven to be superior to most other sources of omega 3.
Hemp food contains better quality proteins than animal based food sources. Not only is hemp food delicious, it is also the more ethical choice and is certainly far less damaging to the environment than industrial beef production.
Hemp can save the planet. It is the sustainable alternative we have been looking for. Isn’t it time you made the switch? If you don’t see your way clear to cooking with hemp, you can always use it as a supplement.
Author: Andrea Durrheim