While most of us have either seen or heard of hemp, it is usually in regards to wallets, rough fabric or other similar products. But did you know that you can actually eat hemp? The consumption of hemp dates back to the stone age and can still be found in Mediterranean and certain Asian countries. Hemp contains high amounts of minerals, amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids, which are all essential for good health and optimal growth. Here are four healthy food items that are rich in hemp. Check them out today!
1. Hemp Granola
Granola is one of the healthiest foods you can find, and when it’s made with hemp, its benefits only increase. Hemp granola works great as an alternative to traditional breakfast cereals, as a snack either by itself or added to yogurt and/or fruit, or even used in desserts. While hemp granola was once extremely difficult to find in grocery stores, the Nature’s Path brand is now selling a product called Nature’s Path Hemp Plus Granola that can typically be found in most organic grocery stores. It can also be found online.
2. Hemp Milk
Milk is a great food because it contains both calcium, which is important for strong teeth and healthy bones, and protein, which is essential for maintaining and promoting new muscle growth. You can find hemp milk which provides these same benefits while at the same time being dairy free. It’s a great alternative for people who have dairy allergies or are vegetarian. In addition, hemp milk does not contain gluten, so it can be consumed by individuals who suffer from Celiac disease. Hemp milk is similar to soy or almond milk, and can be found in either vanilla or chocolate flavors. Look for it with other shelf-stable milk products.
3. Hemp Seeds
This is the most traditional way that you will find hemp in food. Though hemp seeds are typically not eaten plain, they are definitely suited for this purpose and can be included in a variety of different trail or nut mixes. You can find hemp seeds in either the shelled or unshelled state, and they’re typically sold in the bulk food section of most grocery stores. They can be added to cookies, cakes, cereals, smoothies and other products with general ease. Remember that if you plan on storing hemp seeds for a prolonged period of time, they must be kept in the refrigerator due to their high unsaturated fat content.
4. Hemp Oil
Hemp oil is another healthy food that can be used in replacement of vegetable or other oils that contain saturated fats. It is similar to olive oil in that is typically used as an ingredient in salad dressings or smoothies. It can be found with oils in most grocery stores. Be sure to read the label closely to ensure that it does, in fact, contain hemp.