The Most Scandalous Super Food Out There..

Thursday Jul 25, 2013 - By - - Comments (22)
nickwinterPublished Thursday, July 25th, 2013
by Nick Polizzi

 

The seed from this plant has been referred to by natural brands like Bob’s Red Mill as “One of nature’s most perfect foods.” The plant’s fibrous stalk and leaves have been cultivated for over 10,000 years to produce cloth and paper. In fact, early American colonists were OBLIGATED to grow this crop because of it’s incredible versatility.

Did I mention that a certain variety of this plant is considered highly illegal in most of the United States and Europe?

The plant is hemp, and the food I’m talking about is hemp seed.

hempseed2When I say “hemp” many people immediately think of tie dyed shirts, The Grateful Dead, and Cheech and Chong – but this plant has far more to offer us than a giddy head buzz..

Contrary to popular belief, hemp has been grown throughout the ages both for its durable stalk and also it’s hearty protein rich seeds. As mentioned above, hemp stalks and leaves were used to create the massive ropes and canvas sails on most of the famous sailing vessels throughout history. In fact, the word canvas comes from the scientific name for hemp – “cannabis”.

You’re probably thinking “Ok, sailboats are great, but what does this have to do with nutrition and optimal health?” ┬áSimple answer: A TON!!!

You see, nutritionists have discovered that the raw hulled seeds of the hemp plant are extremely nutritious. For example, hemp seeds contain more essential fatty acids than any other food source, they are a far more digestible protein source than soy, and are rich in B vitamins. Attention all vegans!!

Here is the spectrum of nutritional benefits offered by hemp seeds:

- they contain all 9 amino acids

- they are the highest botanical source of essential fatty acids, (more than any nut or seed oil)

- they contain an ideal 3 to 1 ratio of omega threes

- they contain a ton of phytonutrients (natural compounds in plants that protect them from germs, fungus, and a number of other outside threats. When we ingest these phytonutrients they help develop the same immune boosting effects in us!)

I know there is a big stigma in mainstream society around the recreational use of marijuana, the cousin of the hemp plant and my intention is NOT to advocate nation wide drug use. But these small hyper nutritious seeds are quite possibly the most healthy thing you can put in your mouth, especially if you are vegan.

3 simple ways to eat raw hemp seeds:

hempbutter1- When I’m in a hurry (or feeling lazy) I take 2 heaping tablespoons of hemp seed and toss them down the hatch. The seeds themselves have a wonderful soft texture and a ton of flavor.

- Buy hemp seed butter (Manitoba Harvest is my favorite brand) and dunk your veggies into it. I can dip celery sticks and sliced red pepper into a cup of hemp seed butter all day :)

- Sprinkle 2 or 3 tablespoons of raw hemp seed over a kale or arugula salad as a topping.

There are a ton of more extravagant hemp seed recipes out there but I love simplicity. If you have a great hemp seed dish, please share it below!

Stay curious,

Nick

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  1. paula says:

    Love hemp! I use a protein powder that includes hemp as a protein source.

  2. I’ve not yet tried them, but I definitely will now! Thanks for the valuable information. :)

  3. Sara Traub says:

    Interested to know a couple of things – ingredients of hemp seed – what besides proper ratio of omega 3 to 6, and the essential fatty acids?? What form would give me the most nutrition? Are there omega 7′s in this product?

  4. Leeza says:

    Love my hemp seed Tabouli!!

    Use hemp instead of bulger wheat.

    Excellent!!

    Leeza

  5. Klaus Gass says:

    Spain Study Confirms Hemp Oil Cures Cancer Without Side Effects — see Video

  6. Helga says:

    I was enthusiastic about hemp seeds, i loved them, they taste good and what they contain is what we need. BUT – a Naturopath pointed to the fact that they seem to weaken the body when energy testing them with her clients. I tested weak as well when testing myself. Even when testing small amounts. I don’t know the reason for this. I stopped eating them. If anyone has an explanation for this i’d be curious to know.

  7. Everyday on top of a hummus sandwich. I just got off sugar completely so I can finally feel the nutrition and loving it!

  8. my favorite way to eat hemp seed’s is a hemp maca bars. 2 cups coconut flakes 2 tbsps. coconut oil 1 cup hemp seeds 1/4 date paste 3 tblsp maca powder 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 Himalayan salt. blend all in food processor until sticky. spread out on cookie sheet refrigerate for 1 hr.

  9. norman watson says:

    why than if this food (Hemp) is so great for us we don’t hear more about it from the feds? this sounds to me as the most perfect food to eat or drink?

  10. Philip says:

    Helga. did you know that we naturally have Cannabinoids in our system as it initiates the “relax” state and encourages the “feeding response”( it is found in Mother’s milk, for example), so by redirecting our bodies energy to a more relaxed state for a short time. NOTHING to worry about, as you apparently are worried about it. Of course you realize that relaxation is the single most comforting and repairative state that one can be in. Just like when working out, it is AS NECESSARY to take time to recouperate as it is to work out? If there was only 1 plant i could access, it would be HEMP!!!! FEAR still rules and we fear what we don’t understand, so hopefully you may have a bit better understanding of the AWESOME BENEFITS from Hemp Seeds and beyond. It can be used medicinally for a wide variety of ailments, topographically, eaten, used for clothing, for paper replacement without having to kill millions of trees, lubricant, fuel, oils, etc, etc, etc ,etc.

  11. I use hemp protein in my daily green smoothie, plus I’m now incorporating hemp seeds into my flatbreads (in place of flax seeds) and raw “pancakes” along with almond meal. Definitely one of the best foods out there!

  12. Cynthia Manchester says:

    Hi Nick ~
    Hemp seed butter sounds magical. Just found out that Manitoba Harvest is discontinuing this product due to insufficient demand/sales. The great news is that they posted their recipe so we can all make our own! Here’s the link: http://manitobaharvest.com/index.php?p=custom_page&page_name=Hemp%20Butter%20Discontinuation%20Notice

    Be well.

  13. I not only put hemp in my green smoothies with Goji Berries and Chia Seeds, it also goes into my salads, and baked kale chips!… and of course I tell all my patients about their nutritious value , especially the Vegetarians !!! Also have regularly given some on and off to my Dog who occasionally suffers with IBS, one serving in his food clears it up right away!

  14. Hello All, I had the joy of trying Hemp Seeds last month, and it went straight to the top of my favourites list! Texture is great, flavour is great, nutrients are outstanding!, only down side is a little on the expensive side. hemp foods.com.au is the Australian page to order.. And, had to laugh,, if you google this page.. it has a little sticker on the front saying.. “Eating Hemp foods are not allowed in countries marked in white” so you can guess that the little world map,, only Oz & Nz are marked in white!! Still the sticker & comments aren’t going to change my mind! Like Kevin.. i will look into growing it, but dont want to be thrown in jail!..Nx

  15. Tatyana says:

    Hemp, marijuana, etc. are all the same plant. Some varieties have higher THC than others. The studies that show that hemp oil cures cancer are referring to oil from the plant, the whole plant, not just the seeds. It is “illegal” to have/grow hemp in most states, I believe. The stuff you buy in the stores that claims to be “hemp oil”, is just “hemp seed oil”, not the same stuff that cures cancer. So, if you want the cure, find a good source of quality material and make your own oil.

  16. Catlyne says:

    Can you give hemp protein powder to children or even babies as first protein? Does any one know about when a child could start eating the powdered seeds??

  17. Ellen says:

    I put them on my plain fully fatted Greek yogurt along with blueberries; my to die for delicious late morning meal.

  18. Miriam says:

    My question is to Monique. How do you make milk with hemp seeds please?

    thank you
    Miriam

  19. Shelly says:

    Where can you purchase hulled Hemp seed?

  20. Maureen Geddes says:

    Any idea where to get the seeds to grow your own plants? This question from Chatham-Kent Ontario Canada. I eat hemp regularly, usually sprinkled on morning “cereal” (assorted sprouts, seeds, nut butter, brown rice protein powder, fresh ginger root, cinnamon, etc.) and on salads.

  21. I sprinkle hemp seeds on my kids buttered noodles for extra protein and a nice, nutty flavor. They love it and if I forget they always ask for the hemp seeds. We are all vegetarians.

  22. Linda Grace says:

    Does anyone know if you buy hemp seed for health purposes in New Zealand