First, let’s bust a myth. Hemp does not equal marijuana and it won't get you high. Our friends at HEMPLE worship your body and are committed to bringing you the highest quality Australian owned and grown hemp seed products. They guarantee no chemical extractions or synthetic additives, just real foods and simple, natural goodness. The team are pegging hemp foods to be one of the biggest health food trends in Australian and NZ in 2018 and have given us the down-low on everything you need to know about this ancient superfood.
1. Hemp foods were legalised as a food in November 2017
Before November, food grade hemp seed and proteins were marketed as body scrubs and hemp oil as a body oil. It was only people in the know about the health benefits of this super seed who enjoyed all its omega 3 and 6 and fibre benefits inside and out!
2. What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species Cannabis sativa, but hemp has been selectively bred over centuries to favour its agricultural and industrial properties, while marijuana was bred to favour psychoactive properties with a a higher ratio of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
It's the THC in marijuana that gets you high. Agricultural hemp grown for food contains no or very low levels of THC, and gives the best seed yield. It's the hemp seed that’s the nutritionally dense food source Aussies can now legally enjoy.
3. The perfect plant-based protein
Globally hemp seeds have been sitting beside flax and chia as super seeds, favoured for their nutty buttery taste and host of health benefits.
Hemp seeds offer a near complete source of plant based nutrition. It’s even written that in the years before the Buddha reached nirvana, his diet consisted only of hemp foods.
Its key benefit over the likes of flax and chia is that hemp is a naturally great source of vegan protein, providing more protein per gram than beef.
Similarly to animal proteins, but unlike many other plant-based sources, hemp seeds contains all amino acids for muscle building and repair including the 9 “essential” amino acids your body can’t produce on its own. Adding to that, it’s also an edestin-based protein which is highly bioavailable, meaning your gut can digest its nutrients easily. Edestin-based proteins have also been shown to help repair DNA.
4. Vitamins and minerals for whole food nutrition
As hemp is naturally potent source of protein, there’s minimal processing that occurs before it arrives in the health food aisle.
To make a hemp seed protein or oil, the seed is simply cold pressed - there are no chemical or acidic extraction processes needed to isolate the protein. When it comes to hemp seeds, they are simply dehulled, opening a nutty, buttery heart.
This means you enjoy much more than a protein when eating hemp. Cold pressing retains other nourishing elements of hemp including the ideal balance of delicate omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids for brain development, heart health and immune function. Hemp is also rare source of GLA, a type of omega 6, revered for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Hemp oil has become a staple globally as an alternative to olive oil, with its boost of omegas, vitamin E and 40% less saturated fat.
The gluten free protein and seeds also retain their naturally occurring magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamin E and vitamin B1.
5. A sustainable food source for our growing population
Hemp is a pretty miraculous plant - it consumes 4 x more carbon dioxide than other trees and actually helps to replenish nutrients into the soil on which it’s grown. Industrial hemp has been used to clean up deadly pollutants in oils, most famously near the site of the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl.
Unlike other plants, it hemp needs a relatively small amount of water (ideal for Aussie farmers!) and doesn’t need hexanes or other chemicals to grow abundantly.
The whole plant can be put to work in various ways, making its growth cycle a “zero waste” process. From hemp paper to “hempcrete” to clothing, medicine and even plastics - hemp is one of the most versatile and nutritious plants on earth.
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Original story and images by HEMPLE.
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