Why do we use Hemp?
Hemp seems to be popping up everywhere nowadays, but with such a wide variety of hemp food products on the market it’s getting hard to understand what is actually being used and the nutritional value utilizing this surprising plant. “Hemp” is a term used to classify varieties of the Cannabis plant that contain less than 0.3% THC. Hemp has generally been used to describe non-intoxicating Cannabis that is harvested for the nutritional components of the plant.
Hemp has been called a “superfood”
and for good reason. All hemp foods begin with hemp seeds, which are extremely rich in the primary nutrients needed to maintain a healthy diet. The seeds of the hemp plant are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They are also a great protein source and contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc. The inside of the hemp seed is known as a hemp heart, this is where a very unique and rare fatty acid profile that includes a 3:1 ratio of fatty acids Omega-6 and Omega-3, which is the perfect ratio for the human body.
Hemp hearts are raw, hulled hemp seeds. They are the soft, chewy center found inside the shell of the hemp seed. Hemp hearts have a subtle nutty flavor and can be consumed raw. You can also cook or toast them if you prefer, making hemp hearts the perfect pantry staple because of their versatility.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is made by pressing hemp seeds together until the oil within them excretes. This method of extraction is similar to how olive and coconut oil is obtained. This is oil that has been extracted from hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil contains little to no THC or CBD and is instead extracted for its healthy fatty acid profile.
Hemp protein is ground up hemp hearts to provide a concentrated Its proteins are easier to digest than animal proteins and, because it requires far less carbon concentration, it’s easier on the environment.