One of the things that eating raw has forced me to do is to find alternatives to things in my diet that I take for granted. A discovery I’ve made for myself is the use of raw hemp seeds on salads. They have a huge amount of protein for a plant and they taste great. This blog post by Jennifer Sygo goes into more detail. I encourage you to give them a whirl!
Originally posted on National Post | Life:
Welcome to Nutrition Bites, an occasional feature from Post columnist Jennifer Sygo, in which the dietitian addresses topical nutritional quandaries. Have a question for Jennifer? Email her here.
Q: What’s the deal with hemp seeds? Are they some kind of superfood? And will I get high if I eat them?
A: Like the chia seed that we looked at a few weeks ago, hemp seeds that have been hulled, also known as hemp hearts, are often dubbed a superfood, a theoretical term for foods that are particularly nutrient-dense or important for disease prevention. While the validity of the term superfood is debatable, hemp can still be a valuable addition to your diet. According to manufacturers and distributors, a 1-ounce (28 gram/2 tablespoon) serving of shelled hemp seeds provides 11 grams of protein, an unusually high amount for a plant food (2 Tablespoons of peanut butter, by comparison, provides a mere 6 grams of protein). Researchers from the University of Manitoba have also found that the protein in hemp seeds is more readily digested than some other grains, nuts, and some legumes. Hemp seeds are also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both essential types of fat that our body cannot produce. Like all plant foods, however, the type of omega-3 fat derived from hemp is not in the physiologically usable forms, known as EPA and DHA, found in marine sources such as fish and algae. This means that our body must convert the omega-3 fats from hemp to EPA or DHA, a process that it does inefficiently.