And yet another seed? Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant and has been cultivated for thousands of years for both the fiber and seeds. China has been the largest hemp producer over the years, but it is also grown in Australia and Canada. It has been illegal to grow hemp in the United Stated due to the marijuana prohibition; however both Colorado and Washington have recently passed laws allowing it. Hemp seeds are generally sold hulled and have a taste and texture similar to chopped walnuts.
Nutritional benefit of hemp seeds:
- very high in protein, almost three times as much as flaxseed and chia, however has virtually no fiber
- lower in omega-3 ALA than both flaxseed and chia, providing 1000 mg per tablespoon
- much higher in omega-6 than omega-3 with a ratio of 3:1 (the opposite of flaxseed and chia)
- contain iron, magnesium, and zinc.
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Similar to other seeds, hemp seeds can be added to or sprinkled on just about any food you choose that you want to add a nutty flavor and texture to.
Note: Hemp seeds are rather expensive at about $12.00 per pound.
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