In recent years there has been a great increase in the awareness of health benefits from consuming seeds. Chia and flax seem to have gotten most of the attention. Hemp seeds are not as widely known, possibly because hemp cannot be grown in the United States. This is due to federal law. However, this plant is grown legitimately in Canada, and the seeds are exported to the United States. Many European nations, as well as China, Australia and New Zealand produce hemp.
I had tried both chia and flax seeds. I wasn’t too fond of either, but thought I would eat them anyway as they are good for us. Then I heard about the health benefits of hemp seeds and found them in a grocery store. I was immediately impressed. Of the three different types of seeds, the hemp has become the favorite. They are soft, and have a slightly nutty taste, a bit similar to pine nuts. This is a great choice for you and your family.
Benefits of Eating Hemp Seeds
- They are an excellent source of protein. This is particularly beneficial for those who are on vegan diets. If you avoid meat or dairy products, hemp seeds are a very good way to get the protein you need. In fact, these seeds contain a lot more protein than chia or flax.
- The seeds are an excellent source of omega 3 and 6. This benefits the heart and circulatory system. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory. I have some issues with joint pain and stiffness, and love eating these seeds as it’s a natural way to keep inflammation down.
- Hemp seeds contain fiber for digestive health. Adding hemp to other fiber rich foods like fruit is great for your digestion. Getting plenty of fiber may help to keep cholesterol levels good too.
- The seeds are organically grown and free from GMOs. This may not be true of all brands, but it is the case with the one pictured here. There are no harmful chemicals, additives or artificial ingredients.
- A serving of seeds provides two essential minerals, magnesium and zinc. Magnesium is important for heart health, as well as for bones and muscles. Zinc supports the immune system.
The seeds are also low in carbs, natural sugars and sodium. There are absolutely no harmful trans fats or cholesterol.
How to Use Hemp Seeds.
You may be wondering how to use these delicious seeds. They can be eaten straight out of the bag. They have already been shelled and are ready to eat. However, I prefer to add them to other food. I often eat fresh fruit in the morning with a bit of yogurt and a couple of tablespoons of hemp seeds. That is a very healthy way to start the day. If you eat greek yogurt, you will get even more protein. It leaves me feeling full for a long time. The seeds can also be added to soups or salads. It has a mild taste, and won’t overpower the other ingredients. If you like to bake, you can add some to muffins or cookies. Once you open the bag it should be kept in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. I love hemp seeds because they taste good and have many health benefits. They are easy to digest compared to some other seeds.