Why You Should Add Hemp Hearts To Your Diet
As we all look for delicious new ways to change up our favourite recipes and pack in extra nutrients, we discover some interesting ingredients like hemp hearts. So what are they, what are the nutritional benefits, and where can you find them? Read on for all questions answered.
What are hemp hearts?
Hemp hearts are the edible part found inside of hemp seeds. Hemp is a variety that is from the cannabis sativa plant, however contains no THC, the compound which causes psychoactive effects, so hemp hearts do not cause highs. However, the plant itself is also very important industrially, being used in everything from skincare and wellness products to clothing.
What are the benefits of hemp hearts?
- Great source of protein – even more so than flax seeds and chia seeds, and almost as much as soybeans. Hemp hearts are a complete protein, meaning they contain all nine amino acids, and 50 grams of hemp hearts contains around 15g of protein
- Great source of vitamin E and essential minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, and phosphorus
- High in omega-3 and 6, which can help prevent inflammation in the brain as well as heart disease
Cooking with hemp hearts
Hemp hearts can be eaten raw or cooked, so whether you’re adding it to granola or sprinkling on top of salads, the mild, nutty flavour of hemp seeds can add some extra nutrient-packed crunch to your meals. You can find hemp from online health and wellness stores, like Linwoods hemp from Holland and Barratt.
Let us know what you think of hemp hearts in the comments below!
by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.