In Asia and the Middle East, hemp has been a staple and textile food for centuries, spreading throughout Europe and America. It is one of the most versatile and hardy plants in nature and is used in many fields, including fiber, plastic, and food.
In China, hemp hearts are one of the most important elements of traditional Chinese medicine, revered for its tonic effect on certain organs and recommended for the whole body.
Hemp was a staple food in the United States before it became illegal in 1937. It was used to make a variety of textiles and fabrics; the first flag of the USA was even made from hemp!
The health benefits of hemp hearts
Similar in size to sesame seeds, hemp hearts are hemp seeds without the outer shell. This leaves a creamy, nutty and mushy protein and a good source of fat, which is also delicious and healthy. Hemp hearts are a great vegetarian protein.
The omega-3 to 6 ratios of hemp hearts is probably the most important health benefit, as it provides the perfect balance for a person’s nutritional needs, making them an ideal supplement, especially to a longer diet. Omega fats, or “essential” fats, are essential for human health and can only be obtained from food. Many Americans consume too much omega-6 fatty acids that are found in saturated and Tran’s fats, such as those found in unhealthy foods and junk food. Hemp heart is also a healthy source of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Without healthy fats, the body is at increased risk for deficiency and disease, including heart disease, slow wound healing, and an increased risk for colds and flu.
Edibles in Canada contain all 20 amino acids (including the essential 9) and are rich in protein. It is the richest known source of polyunsaturated fats, containing an ideal 3: 1 ratio of omega-6 linolenic acid to omega-3 linolenic acid. Additionally, hemp hearts are beneficial for cardiovascular health and immune function as they contain phytonutrients that can boost immunity, cleanse the skin, and strengthen connective tissue.
The protein found in hemp hearts is easy to digest and does not cause allergies, making it an excellent choice for athletes or people looking to increase their protein sources. For vegetarians, this can be a particularly good option for those who eliminate soy or wheat proteins from their diet.
Along with great taste and health benefits, consuming hemp hearts daily can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce inflammation, increase healing time, and improve circulation, and boost immune function and performance in general.
Thanks to the creamy and nutty texture of hemp hearts, they can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.
Hemp hearts are delicious in hot and cold porridge. Add it to baked goods like cookies, breads, and muffins. Sprinkle yogurt and ice cream on soups and salads and be sure to add them to your smoothie! Top with pizza, toss with hummus, or sauté. You can use them as sesame seeds or mix them with countless recipes.