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The Vitality Exchange Community News

BY Camille Gallinger, CN Thursday, 27 October 2016


In today’s news, I will highlight the benefits of making hemp seeds a part of your eating style.

If you need more protein in your dietary regime because you don’t eat meat, have difficulty taking in enough protein, or simply want an option for a plant-based protein, know that Hemp seeds contain significant amounts of the amino acids, including all the essential amino acids, making it a perfect protein and excellent for those who need to consume other sources of protein. Like the complete plant-based protein, quinoa, hemp protein is highly digestible.

Since hemp seeds are a complete source of protein, they may keep you feeling fuller longer as the amino acids slow the digestion process. Hemp seeds may then be an excellent food to add to any strategic plan for curbing the appetite and losing weight. Protein plays a significant role in weight control as it raises the metabolic rate and preserves muscle mass during the subsequent weight loss.

Hemp seeds contain the fatty acid Gamma linolenic acid (GLA). GLA has been used in many nutrition protocols for conditions like eczema, hormonal imbalances and inflammation associated with PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and when paired with vitamin E, breast pain and tenderness.

Because hemp seeds contain both GLA and the amino acid arginine, it may be a helpful adjunct in those who need to reduce or control inflammation. Inflammation is at the root of such concerns as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis.

If there is a need to reduce sugar cravings, using the unshelled version of hemp seeds may be valuable as they contain soluble and insoluble fiber known to help reduce sugar cravings.

Hemp seed have a nutty flavor to them. Here are ways to effortlessly add raw hemp seeds to your personal eating style:

  • Sprinkle on top of yogurt or kefir or pudding, add raw nuts and coconut flakes for a filling and energy producing breakfast
  • Add to a healthy salad and drizzle with a tasty olive oil
  • Mix into almond butter and spread on a GF cracker
  • Add a Tablespoon of hemp seeds and a tsp of cinnamon (or a few blackberries) to a bowl of healthy steel cut oats
  • Add a Tablespoonful to a protein shake just before a workout or to a fruit smoothie for a protein boost
  • Add to a vegetable soup, like broccoli soup, or a healthy chowder – it’s ok to add to hot foods
  • Sprinkle onto a succulent fish dish like Copper River Salmon, Sable fish or escolar, in place of sesame seeds
  • Mix with ghee and cinnamon and add to hot sweet potato
  • Mix into a batch of GF pancakes
  • To play a “healthy trick” on friend with a sweet tooth, add in 2 Tbsps to cake batter

A pertinent question: Are hemp seeds a threat since they belong to the same family of plants as marijuana? No they are not. Marijuana contains a significant amount of the psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp seeds do not as hemp plants grown for food contain less than or equal to 0.001% THC. Hemp seeds will not cause one to be high or fail a drug test. They will, however, provide a high amount of nutritional value.

Camille Gallinger, CN

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