Hemp seeds are loaded with healthy fats, protein and essential nutrients. Without question, they are a wonderful addition to your diet. The seeds come from a different species of the cannabis plant but contain very little of the THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) that is found in marijuana. So, if you are avoiding using hemp seeds in your diet because of concerns about the effects of THC, don’t worry. As a matter of fact, the pros regarding hemp seeds far outweigh any cons.
Protein & Calories
Just like chicken, fish, or beef, hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino acids, according to the National Institute of Health1. They are a complete source of protein. Just by adding three tablespoons of the hemp seeds to a salad, or tossed into a smoothie gives you ten grams of high quality protein.
As far as calories are concerned, there are 170 calories in every 3 tablespoons. It is suggested that you replace a portion of the protein in your meal , like meat and chicken, when adding hemp seeds.
Hugely Beneficial for Vegetarians
If you are a vegetarian, hemp seeds are a wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids. According to Livestrong2, benefits of eating the seeds include reduction of inflammation and lowering your risk of heart disease. They are also helpful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, hemp seeds feed your brain by playing a role in memory and cognition. To start your day out with a truly healthful boost, add hemp seeds to your yogurt or hot cereal.
By Dietary Guidelines standards, women need 25 grams of fiber a day and men need 38 grams. Since whole hemps seeds are 10 to 15 percent fiber (about 1 gram every 3 tablespoons), they are a good source. The seeds also contribute to the feeling of fullness and therefore aids in the dieting process. And one more benefit of the hemp seeds, they help prevent constipation.
So, are there any downsides to eating hemp seeds? Livestrong3 tells us there are a few. We discussed the benefits of adding hemp seeds to our diets, but there are a couple of things you might need to consider. One tablespoon of the seeds contains 3 to 4 grams of fat. Most of the fat is polyunsaturated (the good kind of fat). Shelled hemp seeds contain both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Because of the high content of fat, you may need to introduce the seeds slowly into your diet.
There haven’t been any reports of medications not being safe when mixed with hemp seeds. There is one caveat, however. Those who are taking anticoagulant drugs are highly cautioned to talk with their doctor before using hemp seeds. The seeds inhibit platelets and may pose a bleeding risk.
THC is only produced in the flowers, buds, and leaves of the cannabis plants, not the seeds. However, since the seeds come into contact with the rest of the plant, some residue may remain on the seeds after processing. In addition, the exact levels of THC can vary by brand. So if you are exceptionally sensitive to THC and happen to buy a brand with higher levels, you may experience euphoria or hallucination. Even though it is highly unlikely that eating the hemp seeds with show up in a drug test, it is ever so slightly possible, especially if you’ve eaten a large amount.
Be Smart When Storing Seeds
Finally, we come to the issue of storage. You will find the hemp seeds in a refrigerated section of the grocery store. You need to store them the same way at home. The fact is, fats go rancid rather quickly so keep them cool and use them in a short period of time. Heating hemp seeds will destroy the nutritional benefits of the fatty acids, because of that, add hemp seeds to foods after cooking.
We hope we have piqued your interest in hemp seeds. We believe, even with the very few downsides, the benefits of adding the seeds to your diet far outweigh any possible side effects. Give them a try, we think you’ll agree.