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Hemp seed in a healthy diet

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Hemp is one of the most nutritious foods in the world [1] and is rightly referred to as superfood, which outperforms the nutritional value of even the finest meats. Protein rich seeds are one of the most superior and wholesome, yet easily digestible sources of protein for humans. [2] It is because of these unsurpassed nutritional qualities that hemp is popular among those interested in pursuing a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle.

Hemp seed supplies all of the necessary nutrients for the human body. It is primarily composed of a unique ratio of unsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6. Their ratio of 1: 3 is the closest to the proportions of the human body and ensures the proper functioning of the human metabolism. [1] Hemp seed consists of 25-35% oil, 20-25% of easily digestible proteins, 10-15% of carbohydrates - mainly in the form of fibre, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E. It is rich in minerals - , sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, zinc, silicon and platinum. It also contains lecithin, phytin and canabiic acid with strong anti-bacterial properties. [3]

How can hemp be used in cuisine?

Hemp can be consumed in many ways. It is best to work with ready peeled seeds, which are soft and, as such, can be consumed directly or can be added raw to any meal . You can sprinkle them on bread or add them to salad, yoghurt or porridge. They taste great in spreads and add great value when used to produce vegetable milk. You can easily prepare it yourself. Soak the seeds overnight with almonds, then mix and pass through linen cloth. The drink tastes great when flavoured with cinnamon and vanilla extract. You will love its unique nutty flavour.

Hemp seed not only tastes delicious, but it also works as a detox of your body while contributing to its overall health. Its consumption is recommended in spring cleaning’ your body as well as in weight loss diets.

Hummus with hemp seed recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas or canned chickpeas
  • 1 handful of peeled hemp seed + 1 handful to garnish
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame paste tahini
  • 2 tablespoons of virgin olive or hemp oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning
  • Red pepper

Method:
Place all the ingredients into a food processor, blend into a paste-like consistency.
Squeeze in the lemon juice, add sea salt, pepper and red pepper. Finally, sprinkle with peeled hemp seed.
Eat with chopped vegetables (celery, carrot, red pepper ...) or whole wheaten bread. Enjoy your meal. ☺

[1] Callaway, J. C., (2004) Hempseed as a nutritional resource: An overview. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 65–72. More info

[2] Půlpytlová, J. 2011: BP: Nutriční a technologická kvalita semen konopí setého. Jihočeská univerzita v Českých Budějovicích, 18. More info

[3] House J.D., Neufeld J., Leson G. 2010: Evaluating the quality of protein from hemp seed (Cannabis sativa L.) products through the use of the protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score method. J Agric Food Chem 58: 11801–11807.

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