Everything You Need To Know About How To Eat Hemp Seeds
Hemp hearts are everywhere these days and they are an extremely healthy addition to any recipe, but people still have lots of questions. Here’s everything you need to know about how to eat hemp seeds and what kinds of recipes you can use them in. Hemp seeds have so many nutrients and health benefits to offer, but there has been some controversy and confusion surrounding them since they first came on the market. Just to clarify: you cannot get high from hemp seeds or any hemp seed products. Cannabis and hemp come from the same species, but they are two different kinds of plants. Cannabis contains large amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but hemp only contains about 0.001 percent, so you can consume as many hemp seeds as you like and you will never feel any psychoactive effects.
Another important thing to understand about hemp seeds is their outer layer is coarse and crunchy and does not appeal to everyone. The inner layers of hemp seeds, or the hemp seed “hearts”, are the part of the hemp seeds that contain all of the nutrients. Just a handful of hemp seed hearts will go a long way as far as health benefits go, so if you are looking for healthy recipes, you’ll definitely want to start with hemp hearts. Hemp seed hearts are full of protein, dietary fibre, amino acids, vitamins, trace minerals, and essential fatty acids like omega 3, 6, and 9. In fact, studies are showing that hemp hearts contain the perfect 3 to 1 balance of omega 3 and 6, which is beneficial for reducing inflammation and possibly even preventing serious cardiovascular conditions. Hemp seed hearts are also high in the omega 6 essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, otherwise known as GLA, which is known to help promote hormonal balance. Foods rich in GLA can potentially assist people with heart disease, multiple sclerosis, obesity, arthritis, premenstrual syndrome, menopause, attention deficit disorder, and even some forms of cancer. Because of their anti-inflammatory benefits, hemp seeds and hemp seed oil can also be very beneficial for skin, hair, and nails. Eating a diet rich in hemp seeds can slowly alleviate dry skin and hair from the inside out. Hemp oil is becoming more and more popular in beauty products due to its moisturizing and nourishing effects. Many people have started using pure hemp oil on their skin after bathing or showering to fully hydrate their skin and get the greatest absorption potential. Hemp seed oil can penetrate deeply into the skin and support the growth of healthy new skin cells. To fully maximize the health benefits of hemp seeds and hemp seed oil, its best to use them both topically and internally.
When it comes to hemp seed recipes and recipes that taste better with hemp hearts, the sky is really the limit. You can do your own research, but here are some ideas to get you going: how about hemp seed granola recipes, hemp seed cookie recipes, hemp seed squares recipes, hemp seed muffin recipes, and hemp seed smoothie recipes? How about hemp seed salad recipes, hemp seed soup recipes, and hemp seed pesto recipes? And, as far as adding hemp seed hearts to other favourite recipes, they go well with just about everything – for example, how about adding sprinkles of hemp seeds to your pizza recipes, your appetizer recipes, and your stir fry recipes? You can even use hemp seeds instead of bread crumbs for “breaded” chicken coatings and fish batters. This helpful article on how to eat hemp seeds comes from the “Bon Appetit” website, where you can find lots more information on hemp seeds as well as recipe ideas for any occasion.*
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