If you've been in a health food store lately, you've probably noticed a lot of hemp products on the shelves. From hemp milk to seeds to oils, pastas and even paper — this super plant has plenty of uses.
Don't let the controversy around hemp confuse you. While hemp seeds belong to the cannabis plant family Health Canada regulations ensure the seeds must contain no more than 0.3 per cent of THC, the chemical responsible for the hallucinogenic effects of marijuana. Hemp products themselves are delicious and nutritious.
"Being a source of all essential amino acids and fatty acids, and an array of vitamins and minerals makes hemp seed a nutrient dense, complete nutrition-packed seed," says Shaistha Zaheeruddin, registered dietitian and founder of Modest Nutrition in Milton. "This seed is comparable to many healthy nuts and seeds (like walnuts, flax, chia seeds) with a lot of promise [for long term health benefits]."
And like those other types of seeds and nuts, hemp seeds have a mild nutty flavour that makes them great for snacking, and even useful in cooking and baking.
Below, Zaheeruddin shares 10 benefits of consuming hemp seeds and hemp seed oil, including a few ideas on how to eat them.