Types of Hemp You Can Eat
Hemp comes in a variety of forms, the most popular being the seed. You can also buy a variety of other types of packaged hemp products that are good for you, all natural, and ready for your table.
- Hemp Seeds – Hemp seeds are very high in easily digestible proteins and is one of the few plant-based foods that contains all 20 of the essential amino acids. Hemp seeds are rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in the perfect ratios. They’re also high in fiber and vitamin E, have many trace minerals and many of the vitamins that you need to stay healthy. Hemp seeds are great sprinkled on cereal, in yogurt, and on top of salads.
- Hemp Protein Powder – Made from grinding the hemp seeds, hemp protein can now be found in practically every health food store and it’s often sought out by anyone who wants to build muscle but doesn’t want to use whey protein. The best hemp protein powder to choose is organic; it will have the best flavor and will allow you to avoid contaminating your smoothies with chemicals. Just one ounce of hemp protein powder gives you 14 grams of complete protein.
- Hemp Flour – This flour is made after creating hemp oil, then grinding the leftover hemp into flour. You cannot use hemp flour on its own for baking, but it can be added in small quantities to other flours to increase the protein and fiber content of your baked goods. Try to keep the ratio to one part hemp flour to four parts other flour to keep your breads and pastries from becoming too dense.
- Hemp Oil – Created by extracting the oil from the hemp seed, hemp oil is a very useful oil for cooking. It has a nice nutty flavor and is also great in salad dressings. It has a really low smoke point (so it’s not good for frying), but you can use it in smoothies, in cold salad dressings and even in ice cream preparations. It’s also great for your skin!
- Hemp Milk – Easy to make, and delicious to drink, this milk is full of nutrients that cow’s milk cannot beat. You can make your own hemp milk by blending three parts filtered water to 1 part raw, unsalted, hulled hemp seeds in a high speed blender. You can filter with a nut milk bag or you can use it unfiltered in recipes. It’s high in protein, rich in omega 3’s and has lots of vitamins. Today you can buy vitamin D fortified hemp milk in a variety of flavors.
As you see, hemp comes in a variety of forms which you can use to replace other forms of protein, flour, oil, and milk in your daily life. It’s especially great if you want to limit your intake of animal products to maintain good health. You can find out more information about hemp and the benefits of hemp at hemp.org.
Experiment with your favorite recipes to substitute the oil, milk and flour with hemp based varieties. Toss in some hemp seed hearts or hemp protein powder to give your recipes a boost of flavor, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.
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