Hempseeds used to be considered a by-product of the textile/fibre industry however it has now come to light the immense nutritional qualities of internal consumption for these little beauties.
Hempseeds are composed of around 25-35% lipids, 20-25% protein and 20-30% carbohydrate depending on where and how it was grown. They can be consumed whole or pressed into an oil with more and more products coming such as protein powders and milks.
90% of the lipids are unsaturated fatty acids with 70-80% composed of poly-unsaturated fatty acids – the good stuff! Hemp also sit perfectly in the omega 3 to omega ratio of 3:1 – 5:1.
Scientific research has shown that hempseed proteins contain all of the essential amino acids required by humans. They are particularly high in glutamic acid and arginine which are great for heart and nervous system health.
The carbohydrate content of hempseeds is low starch and a good source of fibre. They also contain good levels of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, and zinc, as well as antioxidants.
Seriously, is there anything these little guys can’t do?