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Hemp Seeds
    Brianna Shaw, MSP
  • on Aug 16, 2019 |

Technically considered a nut, hemp seeds are very nutritious. They have a mild, nutty flavor and are often referred to as hemp hearts. Hemp seeds can be consumed raw, cooked, roasted or in oil form.

Hemp seeds are a great source of healthy nutrients such as:

  • Protein
  • Vitamin E
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Magnesium
  • Sulfur
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Zinc

Hemp seeds are considered a complete source of protein, which means they provide all of the essential amino acids your body needs. Your body cannot produce essential amino acids on its own and must obtain them from your diet. This is great for people who are following a vegetarian, vegan or plant based diet.

Hemp seeds have been linked to reduced risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Skin disorders
  • Symptoms of PMS and Menopause
  • Digestion problems

However, hemp seed shells may contain trace amounts of THC (< 0.3%), the active compound in marijuana. People who have been dependent on cannabis may want to avoid hemp seeds in any form. Overall, hemp seeds are an incredibly healthy superfood.