Hemp Seed Benefits
Hemp is a high protein seed containing all nine of the essential amino acids. It also has high amounts of fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E, and trace minerals. It has a balanced ratio of omega 3 to 6 fats at around a three to one ratio. This won’t help correct your omega balance if it’s off, but it gives you the right balance to start with.
Further the protein content of the hemp seed is supposed to be very digestible. Many people noted their personal experience of finding that hemp seed protein did not cause bloating or gas, like some of their whey, or other protein shakes did. Unlike soy which has super high amounts of phytic acid (that anti-nutrient that prevents us from absorbing minerals), hemp seed doesn’t contain phytic acid. At the very least, this makes hemp seed a step up from soy. Hemp Seed is offered in several different forms:
Whole Hemp Seeds – Sterilized, toasted, and roasted. They can be cold-pressed for oil, or hulled to expose the seed meat. Hempseeds are the only edible seeds with gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
Hulled Hemp Seed – Whole hemp seeds can be toasted for snack food or ground into flour. Hulled hemp seed are a healthful component of baked goods, protein bars, granola, sauces and dips. Very versatile, hulled hemp seeds can even be processed into milk, cheese, ice cream, margarine and other foods. Most bird seed contains hemp seed and it makes an excellent ingredient in many pet and animal foods.
Hemp Seed Oil – Hemp also produces an oil seed that contains between 25 – 35 % oil by weight, which is high in essential fatty acids. Cold-pressed, unrefined hemp oil is light green, with a nutty grassy flavor. It is a superb nutritional supplement for EFA and imparts a desired flavor into dressings, dips, and spreads. Its can be combined with or used in replacement of olive, walnut and safflower oils for cooking and eating.
Refined Hemp Oil – Clear with little flavor or nutrients and has been widely used in body care products, lubricants, paints and industrial uses. Antimicrobial properties make it an ideal base for soaps, shampoos and detergents.
Hemp Seed Meal – Even after the hemp seed has been crushed for oil, the remaining product still contains 25% protein and is an excellent source of dietary fiber – it still remains a very appropriate food ingredient and nutritional supplement for people and animals, it can also be used to brew beer.