What’s the Deal with Hemp?

by in Healthy Tips, April 26, 2014

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Hemp products are making more appearances at health-food stores, but what exactly is the story with this plant? To answer just one burning question: Yes, hemp is a species of Cannabis sativa, but no, it’s not the same as marijuana.

Health Attributes
Hemp is a complete plant protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids. It’s also brimming with good fats, including the Omega-3 fat called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which may help decrease inflammation and control blood pressure. That’s in addition to bringing a variety of other nutrients to the table, including fiber, iron, phosphorus, folate and magnesium.

5 Hemp Products
Stroll the aisles of any health-food store, and you’re sure to encounter some of these hemp spin-offs.

1. Hemp seeds have a slightly nutty flavor and are packed with protein, Omega-3 fats, and minerals like iron, zinc and magnesium. Sprinkle raw shelled hemp seeds over a salad, cereal, yogurt or soup.

2. A fine addition to morning cereal bowls or smoothies, hemp milk has a creamy texture and is brimming with Omega-3 fats. Many hemp milks are also fortified with riboflavin and vitamins A, D and B12.

3. Hemp oil, good for salad dressings, has a slightly nutty flavor and contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats. Like any oil, hemp contain 120 calories per tablespoon.

4. Hemp granola adds delicious crunch to parfaits. As with any granola, it’s important to keep portions in check. Three-quarter cup of Nature’s Path Hemp Plus Granola contains 260 calories and a respectable 5 grams of fiber.

5. Hemp bread offers a decent way to help meet the daily recommended intake of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Make your favorite sandwich using a couple slices.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

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