Why hemp seed is our newest superfood

It’s a rock star of the health food world – one of the few plant-based foods providing all the amino acids that make up a complete protein.

With Elle Macpherson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Laura Bingle reported to be on a growing fan list, it’s no surprise there’s a big buzz about hemp seeds.

Since November 2017, when Australian legislation changed to allow hemp to be sold as a food, we’ve joined the rest of the world in welcoming this superfood into our pantries.

What’s so good about hemp seeds?

Hemp seeds have been used for many years by health-conscious people who recognised them as a powerhouse of nutrients.

TV chef and nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin describes them as one of the best-kept secrets in the world.

She says with a nearly perfect balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 – plus iron, vitamin E and all of the essential amino acids – hemp seeds are one of the most nutritionally complete food sources.

“From a nutrition point of view, the amino acids help with healing and repair of our muscle and tissue and essential fatty acids support the function of all our cells,” Zoe says.

“They are also packed full of fibre to assist with healthy digestion. They really are the little pocket rockets of the food world.” 

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How to use hemp seeds

“You can add them to smoothies, pancakes, muesli bars, to salad dressings or drizzle them over pasta or grilled vegetables,” Zoe says.

“They taste like a combination of pine nuts and sesame seeds with a creamy, nutty flavour and are delicious.”

Hemp seeds only contain a trace amount of THC – the active ingredient in marijuana – and will not alter your state of mind.

“In fact, hemp seeds are safe and very healthy to eat,” Zoe says.

Hemp’s helping ways

Hemp seeds:

  • Are a great natural source of protein, containing all 20 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids the body can’t make.
  • Contain more than 30 per cent healthy fat, with all three essential fatty acids (Omega- 3, 6 and 9) needed for the human body to function.
  • Contain both soluble and insoluble fibre, which can aid digestion.
  • Are low allergy.
  • Can be used by vegans and vegetarians.

This post is brought to you by Thompson’s Hemp, The Natural Advantage.

Written by Liz McGrath