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Hemp seed: what's so special about it?

  1. Hemp seed is for sale everywhere nowadays. Also just in the supermarket. It is popular with vegans and vegetarians as it is a vegetable source of protein. In this article we will explain what hemp seed is, what makes it healthy and much more.

What is hemp seed?

  1. Hemp, also called Kemp, has been cultivated by humans for many thousands of years. It is one of the first food crops that man cultivated and for good reason. Growing hemp is relatively easy. A farmer can harvest about 5 to 6 times a year.

  1. Hemp grows in a moderate climate. It does not require pesticides, so the products are often organic. In addition, little water is needed. We also grow hemp in the Netherlands. This is fiber hemp.

  1. Both the seeds, the fibers of the bark and the woody parts of the plant can be used. Ropes and textiles are made from the fibers. The woody parts are for, for example, straw for horses. Or as an alternative to firewood.

  1. The hemp that is in the supermarket is safe and also suitable for children. These products contain no or hardly any THC. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana.

  1. The seeds contain the most nutrients and are also the most used in foods. These are the nutritional value per 100 grams of hemp seed:

  1. Energy â € “592 kcal Protein â €“ 31.6 g Carbohydrates â € “4.7 g Fats â €“ 48.8 g - Total saturated â € “4.6 g - Totally unsaturated â € “43.1 Dietary Fiber - 4.0 g

  1. Minerals: Sodium â € “5 mg Potassium â € “1200 mg Calcium â €“ 70 mg Phosphorus â € “1650 mg Magnesium â €“ 700 mg Iron â € “8 mg Copper - 2 mg Zinc - 9.9 mg

  1. Vitamins: Vitamin E â € “0.8 µg Vitamin B1 - 1.0 mg Vitamin B2 - 0.29 mg Vitamin B6 â € “0.6 mg Vitamin C â €“ 1 mg

  1. Source: The Dutch Nutrient Database

Hemp seed as vegetable protein source

  1. Proteins are important for muscle building and recovery. Hemp seeds are therefore especially popular for their protein content. It is a vegetable protein source and therefore suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

  1. The proteins are of a high quality. Our body can easily absorb the proteins, because they resemble our own proteins. It therefore takes very little energy for your body to absorb and use the proteins quickly and effectively.

  1. Nowadays you will also find protein that is suitable for people who eat plant-based foods in the large web stores with an extensive range of protein powder. Including variants with hemp. There are pure hemp protein powders or mixed varieties with, for example, rice and peas.

Products from hemp seed

  1. There are several products available that are made from hemp.

  1. Hemp seeds can be eaten in many ways. You can sprinkle it on any dish. For example about a salad, a bowl of cottage cheese, pasta dishes and much more. You can also add it to your smoothie or use it in muesli.

  1. The fiber in the seeds is good for our digestion. They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber becomes a gel in the gut that contributes to intestinal health.

  1. The insoluble fibers work like brooms through your intestines. They keep food moving properly through the intestines. However, do not buy hulled hemp seeds, they are low in fiber. You can make your own hemp milk from hulled hemp seed.

  1. Hemp seed can be germinated. That means you let the seed grow first. The roots or small plant that then forms contain a lot of antioxidants. You can add the sprouts to your salad.

  1. You can make your own hemp milk or buy it in the store. The milk can be purchased at organic and specialty stores. It has a sweet, nutty flavor. Nice to use in your oatmeal and smoothies. Not so nice to drink a whole glass of it.

  1. To make your own hemp milk you need hulled hemp seed and water. Optionally, you can add a pinch of salt or something that makes it sweeter, such as honey, dates or sweetener.

  1. Place 250 grams of hemp seed and 750 milliliters of water in a good blender. Mix this into a smooth milk. Ready! The milk can be kept in the refrigerator for approximately 2 days. You can freeze excess.

  1. Hemp seed oil is pressed from the seeds. This oil is rich in omega-6 and omega-9. These fatty acids are good for your heart and blood vessels and strengthen the immune system. It also contains alpha linolenic and linoleic acids. Essential fatty acids that affect cholesterol levels. It also contains gamma linolenic acid. This has a hormone-regulating effect.

  1. The oil is suitable for cold dishes. Not for the frying pan. You can use it in sauces, dressings and smoothies. The nutty flavor goes well with that and you just have a different taste than olive oil.

  1. Hemp flour is gluten free. So suitable for people with a gluten allergy. The flour contains a lot of protein compared to other types of flour. Hemp flour is not available at every supermarket, but it is easy to find online.

Disadvantages of hemp seed

  1. People with blood clotting problems should eat little or no hemp seed. The seeds inhibit the production of platelets. People with sensitive intestines also have to be careful. It is not wise to add a lot of hemp seed to your diet all at once. This because of the fat content. Start with a teaspoon and see how your body reacts.

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