You may have started to see a growing number of hemp-based products pop up in your local super markets and health stores over the last few months. This is because the New Zealand government, at the end of 2018 changed the laws surrounding hemp from an animal feed only product to ‘fit for human consumption’. Unfortunately, New Zealand was years behind the rest of the world in the legalisation of hemp but can now create and adopt some fantastic hemp products from around the world.
The stigma that was placed on hemp still has some people tentative to consume it. Even though hemp is the name given to strains of cannabis with no THC, and no psychoactive properties, it was dragged down along with the entire plant.
Hemp has been used as a food and medicine for thousands of years, with the hemp seeds being one of the most nutritious foods you can eat yet because of the relation to the cannabis plant, the last hundred years haven’t seen a real hemp market.
As the world has woken up to the extraordinary benefits of the cannabis plant and nutrition profile of hemp seeds, government around the world have opened up to the production, processing and sale of hemp-based food products.
What makes Hemp Seed products so good?
Great Source of Plant Protein
Hemp seeds are approximately 30% protein by weight, similar to that of typical meats. Unlike other plant protein sources, hemp seeds are a complete protein source as they contain all the essential amino acids which our bodies require from our diet.
Hemp seeds contain a great balance of healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. They are rich in omega 3 and omega 6 oils and contain high levels of potassium, magnesium calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin E.
Supports Heart Health
Hemp seeds are also a great source of arginine, which is famous for helping improve blood flow through dilating blood vessels. Better blood flow and relaxed blood vessels can help improve blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Hemp seeds are a great source of fibre and contain both soluble and insoluble fibre. Insoluble fiber from the seeds helps promote regular bowl movements, while the soluble fibre turns into a gel and acts to feed good gut bacteria.