Hemp seeds are obtained from the same industrial hemp plant, a particular species of Cannabis Sativa L., which is celebrated for its long-lasting fibre and produces hemp paper, textiles, rope, construction fibre and more. The seeds of the hemp plant are very much fit for human consumption and are commonly known as hemp seeds or hemp nuts. Today they are used in an increasing number of health food products and recipes.
Hemp is deemed as one of the world’s most wholesome plants – that’s why it’s also coined as a superfood! The hemp seed consists of all 9 essential and 2 semi-essential amino acids thus making it an excellent source of protein for vegans and vegetarians as well as for raw food enthusiasts. The indispensable essential fatty acids that are plentiful in hemp seeds come in a proportion that is highly valuable to humans (Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio is optimal at 1:3). Iron, Magnesium, and Potassium are also sufficiently supplied along with a hard to beat amount of insoluble fibre, which provides colon-cleansing benefits, as well as soluble dietary fibre, which helps with satiety (that nice full feeling).
No other nut or seed has a nutritional profile equivalent to the balance and quality of nutrients found in the hemp seed. Flax seeds come close when talking omega profiles but where they lose is the fatty acid or omega ratio that the body prefers, not to they lack the mineral and fibre content and protein concentration of hemp seeds. Compared to flax seed that has a 4:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6, as previously mentioned hemp seed contains the right balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 crucial oils at 1:3, in addition to linoleic acid, trace minerals, vitamin E and lets not forget the notable 33% protein concentration.