Healthy hemp hearts

Hemp hearts are incredibly versatile.  Those tiny seeds can pretty much go on anything. Sprinkle em’ on a salad or oatmeal.  Blend them in a smoothie. Want to know a bit more about these powerful seeds?

Here are 6 things you can tell your friends about Hemp Hearts...


1.  You Can use Hemp Hearts for Weight-Loss!

There are so many health benefits that come from this tiny seed. You could say hemp hearts are one of mother nature's super foods.  Hemp hearts can be a great addition to a weight-loss plan.  They provide essential nutrients without adding unwanted excess calories. Also, the protein content of hemp hearts can help curb appetite between meals.


2. Hemp Hearts are Loaded with Protein!

Vegans and vegetarians are always quizzically asked "Where do you get your protein?"  Well, you can tell those people confidently that Hemp Hearts are one source.  They are rich in complete (and easily digestible) protein.  That means:

  • They help slow digestion
  • They satisfy your appetite and help you feel fuller longer
  • They help prevent spikes in the blood-sugar
  • They help sustain energy throughout the day


3.  Hemp Hearts are full of both Soluble & Insoluble Fiber!

Soluble fiber is the stuff that works in the the intestine to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.  Insoluble fiber is linked to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  Both are good.  Both can be found in Hemp Hearts.  Fiber helps in the following ways:

  • It promotes digestive regularity
  • It helps to remove waste from the intestines


4.  Hemp Hearts are Nutrient Rich!

Hemp Hearts are packed with vitamins like A, B1, B2, D and E as well as minerals, calcium and iron.  I won't go into the details of each of these, but rest-assured your body likes them.


5. Hemp Hearts help your Mind and Muscles, and More!

Essential amino acids found in hemp can improve muscle control, mental function and normal body maintenance of cells, muscle, tissues and organs.  High concentrations of essential fatty acids and protein in hemp hearts helps promote cellular recovery and development. These fatty acids also support transportation of oxygen to cells.  The small amounts of saturated and monounsaturated fats found in hemp can easily be converted to energy.


6.  You can get your Omega's from Hemp Hearts!

Hemp Hearts are one of the few plant foods with an excellent source of Omega 3 and Omega 6.  Double Bonus!  Omega 3, which helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure.  The Omega 6 in hemp stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, as well as help with brain function.  In fact, Hemp hearts are the only seed where a proper balance of Omega 6 & Omega 3 occurs.  (A ratio of 3:1 or 4:1 of Omega 6 over Omega 3 is most commonly recommended).


So start throwing Hemp Hearts on everything!  A typical serving is 4 tablespoons and contains:

  • 13g Protein
  • 4g Carbs
  • 4g fiber

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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About the Author

KyLee Fournier is a certified sports nutritional consultant, living in Kelowna, BC who helps clients across North America make better decisions regarding what they eat.  Her specialty is plant-based nutrition.  She's also one of the minds behind www.Vegbelly.com, a site that interviews leaders in the vegetarian and vegan community.


Website link:  www.kyleefournier.com

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