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7 Healthy Hemp Foods to Try

Hemp is the New Flax


Although the leaves of the hemp plant can be eaten, the part of the plant best known for nutritional value is the seeds. These small seeds are highly nutritious, containing essential fatty acids, amino acids, and minerals. About a third of the weight of the seed is made up of oil, and most of that oil is the healthy variety: ALA (alpha-linoleic acid, a type of Omega-3 fat) and linoleic acid. These essential fatty acids (EFA's for short) can benefit your health in many ways. Hemp seeds also contain complete, high-quality protein and all eight essential amino acids.

Because of U.S. regulations, you won’t be able to grow your own hemp plants or buy them at your local farmers market, but you can still reap the benefits of this amazing plant thanks to a growing number of food products at your local grocery store and online. Hempseed and its oil have a unique, nutty flavor, similar to flaxseed.

A continually expanding variety of other hemp food products, like granola, snack bars, protein powders, waffles, and even hemp milk, hemp tofu, and hemp butter are available these days, usually at natural foods stores and online retailers. Keep in mind that the least processed products will be the most affordable, so if you're itching to add the healthfulness of hemp to your diet, try plain hemp seeds and create your own recipes. Here are just a few examples of what you'll find at the grocery these days.
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  • After further research I found out eating a lot of hemp seeds can cause a false positive on a drug test. If you are looking for a new job, almost every employer drug tests new hires. - 9/1/2014 11:59:50 AM
  • I didn't see it mentioned but Hemp seed Hearts are awesome. I eat them like sunflower seeds but they are expensive. Hence they must be imported to the US. RE-Legalize it. Save the planet and protect your Health. Thats HEMP

    Kannaway is a hemp lifestyle company with a focus on nutritional wellness whose products contain CBD rich hemp oil. http://CountdownT
    /CPvideo/5140389 - 7/2/2014 10:08:47 PM
  • 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
    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 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
    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

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