Most of us have heard of hemp, but more likely than not it is in regards to a hemp bracelet or wallet. Did you know that you can eat hemp? Hemp comes in three varieties: as a seed, oil and in food. Here’s a look at the main differences between hemp seeds, oil and foods. Grab them today for a tasty treat!
Hemp seeds are the most natural way that you can find hemp (in regards to food), and are therefore considered by many people to be the healthiest way to eat it. Hemp seeds are small, light brown seeds similar in shape and color to sesame seeds that can be found in the bulk food section of most organic and specialty grocery stores. More and more chain groceries are now beginning to offer them as well. Hemp seeds can be eaten plain, added to granola or trail mixes, or even mixed into cookies, breads, cakes, muffins and other baked goods. Hemp seeds have a slight nutty flavor that makes them best for adding into savory foods. They can even be used as a topping for salads, pasta dishes and some meat recipes.
Hemp oil is just that – the pressed oil from the seeds of hemp plants. Hemp oil is light brown in color, and has a slight nutty taste. It can typically be found with the rest of the oils in most grocery stores, and is often touted as a great replacement for vegetable or corn oils due to its abundance of monounsaturated fatty acids and absence of saturated fatty acids. Unlike saturated fats, which can contribute to arterial or cardiovascular disease, monounsaturated fatty acids can actually help in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and even some cancers. Its properties are similar to that of olive oil, and because of this it is often used as an ingredient in salad dressings or hummus. Try it out today – you won’t be disappointed!
Hemp foods are those that contain some sort of hemp as one of the main ingredients. While hemp foods were once only available from online retailers, they are becoming popular enough to be offered in most organic or whole foods grocery stores. Some examples of hemp foods includes hemp granola and hemp milk. Hemp milk is especially growing in popularity due to the absence of dairy in the milk. Like almond and soy milk, hemp milk still contains high amounts of dietary protein which is essential for maintaining and growing new muscles, and calcium which is essential for keeping teeth and bones strong and healthy. Unlike cow’s milk, hemp milk doesn’t contain dairy, making it a great alternative for people who are vegetarian or have a dairy allergy. Hemp milk is gluten free, making it a great choice for people who suffer from Celiac disease.