Hemp Hearts

Hemp hearts are so good it is hard to believe they are so good for you! And good for you they are.

Hemp hearts are the inner de-shelled part of hemp seeds,  Cannabis Sativa, which arguably translates from Latin as ” most perfect food.” The seeds are nowadays also becoming known as  “perfect” food because they are a source of complete protein and contain anywhere from 25 to 35% protein. They are also a source of complete essential and omega fat, containing 86% omega 3, 6 and 9 fats. In addition, hemp hearts are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber. They are also low in carbs and provide more energy than an energy bar, without the artificial additives, sugar and with less saturated fat.

Hemp hearts are quite delicious with their mild nutty flavour, and chewy rich and soft texture. I love them in my plain yogurt for breakfast, slightly sweetened with fruit yogurt, raw honey, fresh or frozen fruit or maple syrup. They can be eaten with anything, in cereals, soups, salads, main dishes and deserts although they are most beneficial raw.

Because they are so full of energy and calories,  it is preferable that you eat them in the first half of the day, rather than the second, in order to wind down properly and be able to have quality sleep.  Five tablespoons (55g) contain:

  • 314 calories of energy from 20 g protein
  • 23.2 g unsaturated fats (14.9 g Omega 6 and 4.7 g Omega 3), and 2.7 g saturated fat
  • 5.9g carbohydrates, 3.3 g fiber, 2.6 mg iron, 40.6 mg calcium, 5 mg sodium, 5 mg Vitamin E, .55 mg vitamin C, .07mg vitamin B6, .18mg vitamin B2, .76 mg vitamin B1, 1200 IU vitamin D,

What is so amazing about them is that even though they are so calorie-rich, they are known for their weight loss benefit. Because of the optimal balance of omega fatty acids and the high protein content, hemp hearts help curb hunger and cravings, provide long lasting energy and help the body to optimize weight and metabolic rate.

They also help prevent diabetes, because they are easily digestible and the high fibre and fat/low sugar content ensures that blood sugar and insulin stay level, avoiding insulin resistance and the resulting pre-diabetic state that can ensue when on a steady high carbs/sugar diet.  Their optimal essential fat and protein content helps prevent high cholesterol and inflammation in the body, both of which are pre-cursors to heart conditions. If I got you excited about hemp hearts and for more information and wonderful recipes, as well as to buy hemp in bulk, please visit the websites below:

Sources:

http://www.hemphearts.com

http://www.buyhemphearts.com

http://www.livestrong.com/article/154639-what-are-the-benefits-of-eating-hemp-hearts/