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The Power of Hemp Seeds & Are They Safe For Someone With Celiac Disease?

Hemp seeds have officially made their mainstream supermarket debut over the last few years, and as super as they are, they historically have not been safe for people with celiac disease or anyone intolerant to gluten…until now!

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts are now gluten-free! Back in November of 2018 Fresh Hemp Foods Ltd. released a statement claiming that their facilities have met all the requirements of the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) and that selected products (Hemp hearts, Hemp protein powders, and Hemp seed oil) have all been tested for gluten. At this point in time, Hemp hearts are the only product with a certified gluten free claim. While hemp, peas, and the other ingredients themselves do not contain gluten, Hemp Yeah! Plant Protein Blend cannot currently be certified gluten free due to the potential for very low levels of foreign seed contamination (ex. wheat kernels) from the field where these crops were grown.

What Are Hemp Seeds?

Hemp seeds come from the industrial hemp plant. However, this hemp plant will not affect the brain like other types of cannabis plants as it has been bred to contain low levels (0.3%) of THC, which is the prohibited and active component of marijuana. So, you can enjoy hemp seeds just like any other seed or nut.

The Power of Hemp Seeds + Nutrition

It is time to jump on the hemp heart train! Hemp hearts are a great source of the anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acid and they also contain a special omega 6 fatty acid called gamma-linoleic acid, or GLA. GLA is special because it is both anti-inflammatory and thought to be beneficial for women’s health. Hemp seeds are also jam-packed with protein – just three tablespoons of hemp seeds have about 10 grams of protein. Hemp seeds are also packed with minerals that are often lacking in a hyper-processed diet, like magnesium. Magnesium is a calming mineral and important for the relaxation of smooth muscle, making it an important part of keeping your blood pressure healthy in addition to supporting blood sugar balance. As part of their heart healthy benefits, hemp hearts also contain plant sterols which help lower cholesterol. Hemp seeds also contain a reasonable amount of iron and energizing manganese.

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Not only are hemp seeds great for our health but they are also great for the planet! Hemp can be grown in a variety of climates and soil types and we are lucky to have it grown right here in Canada. As it grows quickly and like a “weed”, this decreases the need for most pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides and also means hemp requires less water compared to most other crops. So by eating hemp, you are gaining your nutrition from an efficient, eco-friendly source and most likely supporting Canadian farmers when you do so!

How to Use Hemp Seeds?

If you are looking for a good source of protein to add to your morning smoothies, then hemp hearts are for you. Try adding 3 tablespoons of hemp hearts which can provide almost as much protein as two eggs. Or sprinkle hemp seeds into your next salad dressing or even in your hummus!

What Are Hemp Seeds? (+ how to use them)

Hemp is a hot topic these days. Actually, anything related to the cannabis plant is. Marijuana (medical and recreational), legalization, CBD, and hemp are in the news daily. And while they are technically all related, they also differ dramatically.

So today we’re taking a closer look at hemp seeds (which are not a drug), sponsored by Nutiva, one of our longtime partners. But truth be told, I’ve been a longtime fan of hemp seeds myself and use them frequently. Let’s take a look…plus be sure to print the recipe below!

What are hemp seeds?

Let’s start out with the million dollar question. Will hemp seeds get you high? No. Unlike marijuana, hemp foods contain only trace levels of THC and will not cause a psychoactive effect. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about parts of the plant.

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Both marijuana and hemp come from the plant species Cannabis Sativa L. Years of breeding resulted in two plants: marijuana and hemp. The flowers and leaves of a marijuana plant contain the psychoactive elements, often referred to as THC.

Hemp foods are not a source of THC or CBD. At the end of the day, marijuana is a crop grown for its THC content, while hemp is an agricultural crop grown for seed and fiber.

The hemp plant has been in cultivation for thousands of years throughout Asia and the Middle East before finally making its way across Europe and to the Americas. It has been referred to as one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, since it is rich in protein and minerals, with the ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3.

Omega fatty acids are essential because human bodies cannot make them on their own, which means we need to get these good fats from our diet – enter hemp seeds. In addition, it’s loaded with all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential.

How to use hemp seeds?

Personally speaking, the first thing to do is to get yourself a bag of Nutiva USA-Grown Organic Hempseed! After that, you’ll quickly realize that the options are endless! They’ve got a subtle, nutty taste that I really do enjoy, and here are some of my favorite ways to use them…

  • Add them to smoothies
  • Sprinkle on salads
  • Add them to oatmeal
  • Add-in to soups
  • On top of avocado toast
  • Mixed into a pasta dish

I was a pescatarian for 5 years and really wanted (and needed) that extra protein. Hemp seeds provided just that, quickly and easily. I kept a bag handy (sometimes even in my handbag) and could quickly sprinkle them onto foods even if I was not home. As a side note, the protein found in hemp seed is very digestible, making it a great choice for sensitive diets. Bonus!

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Why Nutiva hemp seeds?

Hemp was an integral part of the early American economy but was banned in 1958. Through legal battles, extensive research, and boosting public awareness, Nutiva helped make its comeback. They’ve been advocates from the very start—in fact, hemp actually inspired their name, Nutiva: NUT of (Cannabis) saTIVA.

Today, they continue to fight for your right to nutrient-dense, organic foods made without chemicals or GMOs (and have a full line of other offerings consistent with that mission—chia seeds, coconut flour and oil, and more).

Nutiva hemp seeds are all USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified and raw. This is a big one for us because as we all know, we want to reap the benefits that are offered by the plant without the addition of conventional chemicals. Nutiva is also the first national organic brand to sell USA-grown organic hempseed. We love supporting local farmers, and by buying and using the Nutiva hemp seeds, we’re doing just that. YES!

Nutiva believes in giving back and donates 1% of sales to regenerative agriculture and healthy communities. To date, they’ve donated $4 MM to organizations that support hemp agriculture, including Rodale Institute and Vote Hemp. We like this about them, too. 🙂

Here’s an easy hemp seed recipe to help get you started: