A newly found super food is in town, introducing the plant de la plant of protein: hemp.
Hemp seeds have a natural nutty flavour, are high in omega 3 fatty acids and more than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality protein. That is considerably more than foods like chia and flax seeds. They are also members of the exclusive ‘complete protein’ family, which means that they provide all 9 essential amino acids. Hemp is a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc.
All of these properties means that hemp can help reduce the risk of heart disease, benefit skin disorders, aid digestion and reduce symptoms of PMS and menopause. Overall, hemp is incredibly healthy and might just be one of the few super foods that are actually worthy of their reputation.
Ever wonder where the nickname “weed” comes from? The hemp plant grows like one, removing the need for most pesticides (it is naturally resistant to most pests), herbicides, fungicides and thriving on less water than most crops. Because of its resiliency, it has also been flagged as a natural way to clean up soil pollution. In fact, hemp was used at Chernobyl to harmlessly extract toxins and pollutants from the soil and groundwater. Hemp actually absorbs CO2 while it grows, making it carbon-negative from the get-go.
Not only does hemp grow in a variety of climates and soil types, it also grows very tightly spaced (decreasing land use) and has a fast growing rate and can reach up to 5metres high!
Will your bars make me high?
Perhaps… but only with their delicious flavour and almost cake-like composition. Hemp seeds only contain tiny traces of THC (the compound that causes drug like affects from marijuana) not enough to get you soaring.