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7 Healthy Hemp Foods to Try

Hemp is the New Flax

-- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator
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I have a wallet made of hemp. Although I’ve seen some very fashionable hemp accessories, mine’s really old and not very cute, but I can’t justify buying a new one until it wears out. I guess I’ve learned firsthand that hemp fiber is strong, durable, and long-lasting. But I learned something new about hemp recently. It’s edible, too. No, I can’t eat my wallet, although maybe I could talk my dog into munching on it…

Hemp use dates back to the Stone Age. Imprints of hemp fibers have been found in 10,000-year-old pottery shards in Asia. Clothing, shoes, ropes, paper, and, probably, wallets, were all made from these fibers. Later, in medieval Germany and Italy, hemp was a common ingredient in recipes like pies and soups.

What about THC?
Today, hemp is cultivated in almost every part of the world and used in the production of a variety of products, including paper, fabric, food, fuel, and even plastic. Due to legislation intended to prevent the cultivation of cannabis, a subspecies of hemp that contains large amounts (20%-30%) of the psychoactive substance THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), it is illegal to grow hemp in most parts of the United States. But the type of hemp cultivated for consumer products and food contains such a miniscule amount of THC (0.3%) that it produces no intoxicating effect, even in significant quantities. It is legal, however, to import products made from these plants into the U.S.

Besides having an abundance of uses, hemp is also easy on the eco-system. It requires little to no pesticides while cotton, for example, is one of the most heavily-sprayed crops in the world. Hemp also replenishes the soil with nutrients, controls erosion, and produces oxygen. Just as growing hemp is a boon to the environment, eating it is a boon to your health.
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Member Comments

  • Interesting to me that it can't be grown here where we could easily regulate it, but it can be imported from other countries....whic
    h, as we have learned the hard way, don't always regulate their products the way that we would. - 10/14/2013 7:17:14 AM
  • Interesting to me that it can't be grown here where we could easily regulate it, but it can be imported from other countries....whic
    h, as we have learned the hard way, don't always regulate their products the way that we would. - 10/14/2013 7:17:14 AM
  • There is new legislation in Kentucky to make it legal in the US to grow. http://www.inquis
    itr.com/52803
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    asses-kentucky-senate/ - 2/17/2013 3:21:44 PM
  • All the hemp products are very new to me (this article and comments) thanks for the enlightenment....
    plan to try soon - 10/4/2012 8:55:16 AM
  • Nutiva is my favorite brand :-)! I buy the seeds and the protein powder. - 8/8/2012 9:10:47 AM
  • Thanks for all the tips and suggstions. I put this on the shopping list... Favorite brands anyone? - 11/4/2011 3:59:23 PM
  • Tried hemp seed not bad tasting but I wasn't keen on the idea as I am VERY anti drug. Yes I know there "is" a difference. Of all the things you supposedly can get made of hemp I wish I could find JEANS the cotton ones we get in Canada NOW are CRAP made mostly overseas (AND TO THINK LESS THAN 10 YEARS AGO WE HAD GWG (LEVI STRAUSS) IN EDMONTON!!! making jeans). - 9/22/2011 9:27:24 PM
  • I love using hemp protein powder and shelled hemp seeds on my morning oatmeal. I'm allergic to nuts, so it gives me a flavorful way to add protein and texture the way others might use almonds or walnuts.

    I also love shelled hemp seeds on steamed shelled edamame beans with a little butter and raw sea salt - yum! - 9/22/2011 6:41:24 AM
  • VERSATIVA
    Versativa Pulse has both hemp and flax in it plus 24 other raw foods. It taste so good too, as a snack, a meal addition or replacement. 3 flavors cherry, raspberry, and blueberry ... yum yum and its inexpensive ... ask me how to get some - 8/16/2011 1:37:01 AM
  • This is why I love SP - I would never buy all the different options to try out,
    and having someone give us a review, educate us on the topic, and recommend specific products is priceless! Thanks so much. - 6/29/2011 2:19:37 PM
  • I've had a hemp seed "brittle" like peanut or sesame seed brittle. Yum. The chocolate hemp milk, I've got to try.

    If you happen to have a parrot, hemp seeds are great for them & a desired treat. My Conure LUVed hemp seed. - 12/17/2010 4:35:23 AM
  • FORGODSOLOVED
    I have been adding flax seed to many of my recipes and foods such as a sprinkle on salads. Now I plan to add hemp seeds as well. On yogurt? I'll have to try that too! - 12/2/2010 11:55:01 AM
  • I bought a bottle of hemp oil because of its high amount of omega3.
    But it tasted very bitter - i threw it away.
    Anyone knows if this one was only bad quality oder too old?
    Or is this the normal taste? - 11/13/2010 7:22:48 AM
  • I bought a bottle of hemp oil because of its high amount of omega3.
    But it tasted very bitter - i threw it away.
    Anyone knows if this one was only bad quality oder too old?
    Or is this the normal taste? - 11/13/2010 7:22:36 AM
  • JAY75REY
    I went to a just opened Henry's Market here in Sacramento area and saw hemp seeds so the article was timely. I was wondering how people used them. They were packaged in vacuum sealed bags due to the oil content. I still have a question. Flax seeds have to be ground to absorb nutrition; otherwise they pass whole through the system. Is it the same with hemp seeds? Do you grind them up or eat them whole, does it make a difference? - 8/22/2010 5:07:04 PM