Eating Hemp For Health: What You Need To Know

This article was originally published on Flowertown, and appears here with permission.

Hello, Hemp

Haven’t tasted hemp yet? You’re in for a treat. While all eyes have been fixed on hemp-derived CBD, dietary hemp has gone relatively unnoticed.

Variously described as grassy, green, nutty and earthy, hemp’s hidden power is in its nutritional density. It’s a veritable powerhouse of goodness. Hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts, offer a high-quality source of protein — even more so than comparable foods like chia seeds and flax seeds. They’re incredibly rich in two essential fatty acids that the body can’t produce: omega-3 and omega-6, which can reduce the risk of disease and inflammation. The omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in hemp seed oil is generally between 2:1 and 3:1, which is considered to be optimal for human health. And to sum up this hemp humble-brag, hemp seeds contain all 21 amino acids, along with minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc.

So the natural question is: what should you do with hemp seeds? You can snack on them raw, for starters. Throw them in green smoothies. You can cook with them, roast them, or purchase a pressed hemp-seed oil that can be drizzled over whatever your heart desires. We talked to Shadi Ramey, a culinary anthropologist and plant-based chef, grower, …

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