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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Vegan Thursday: Superfood #5: Hemp seeds

Hemp seeds come from a variety of Cannabis plant and no, they cannot be smoked...  :-)

However, they can be used in many different ways...  they add a nutty flavor when sprinkled on soup, salads or pasta.  You can also add them to smoothies and muffins! For an excellent recipe using hemp seeds, check out today's post on and you'll see that I posted a recipe for apple & hemp muffins!

The same plant can also be used to make paper and fibers that can be turned into clothes for example.  It grows fast... and with minimal maintenance. It can also have some medicinal use.  his variety I am talking about here is loaded with nutrient and hence this is why it is a superfood!  

This plant can grow mostly anywhere in no time and can supply so many nutrients all at once, it is a shame that it's illegal to grow in some countries because of a possible illegal use of it! I think we could feed so many people in underdeveloped countries...  but that is just my own opinion.

Let's look into more details at the nutritional benefit of hemp seeds as this is what this post is all about:

It is a complete plant protein. 33% of it's weight comes from protein.
I has the proper ratio of omega-3 and omega-6
It is high in fibers - actually even higher than kale!
It contains: vitamin A, B, D and E
It contains the following minerals: phosphorous, magnesium and potassium
It contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

For all those reasons, they are good for you brain (help with memory),  they help build strong muscles, the regulate the immune system, help control cholesterol (if you do not have a vegan diet and have cholesterol issues), help with digestion, improve skin and increase energy!

And on top of all that, they also have very low carbs!  How can you ask for more???

So go on... try them...  They are amazing...  and even though they had a nutty flavor, their taste is not to strong....

p.s. hemps seeds, just like hemp oil can go rancid fast: they should be kept in a glass jar in the fridge ideally.

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