If you are one of those healthy people who look after your physique, do sport, and analyse every piece of food you eat before putting it in your mouth then keep reading because this will be of interest to you. Those who follow the latest news relating to marijuana and hemp seeds will be glad to hear that including hemp seeds and oil in your diet has excellent benefits. Would you like to know what they are?
1. Hemp seeds have a lot of nutrients
Hemp is a plant that contains numerous nutrients and vitamins such as A, B, C, D, E; it has the fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 and amino acids. All of these are antioxidants that ensure you kick-start the day full of energy, and then help you to concentrate and keep a clear head all day long. It also contributes to good cardiovascular health and although it is taken in small quantities, it is an essential component in helping to reduce the risk of cancer.
It is also a product that helps to strengthen your body's immune system and fight against harmful external agents (so you can stop spending unnecessary amounts of money of artificial drinking yoghurts that promise to keep you fighting fit). Hemp, both seeds and oil, can help to cure illnesses caused by nutritional deficiencies such as tuberculosis.
Additionally, it is a very digestible food, it is easy to eat and it does not cause stomach swelling or gases. As if that was not enough, unlike other seeds such as soya, hemp does not contain phytic acid, an anti-nutrient that prevents the absorption of minerals.
2. Anti-inflammatory effect
We do everything possible to avoid inflammation, we drink vast amounts of water to prevent unnecessary body weight and we try lots of our grandparent's old recipes to try and shed those extra kilos. Now you can forget about all of that: those who have tried hemp seeds or oil say that it considerably helped them to lose weight.
3. The town with the highest life expectancy on the planet consumes it
With regard to all of the aspects relating to your health, perhaps what you will find most interesting is the anti-ageing properties of hemp. If you do not believe this, you just need to look at the case of Bama Yao, a town in China that is considered to have the longest living people on earth
Its inhabitants have considerably higher life expectancies than the rest of the earth's inhabitants. In general, they tend to live longer than 100 years. As the saying has always claimed, we are what we eat. The citizens of Bama Yao have an enviable lifestyle: they only eat what comes from Mother Nature or what they have grown themselves, they are characterised by a diet based around seeds from different vegetables (mainly, buy not just hemp). We should learn from our elders.
4. Incredible taste
The delicious taste of hemp – quite similar to nuts and other dried fruits – means that it can be easily included in your diet. It can be used to flavour almost any kind of food. This delicious taste means that you can use hemp oil as a substitute for ill-advised butter.
The texture is very soft and creamy, so much so that it melts in your mouth. Furthermore, hemp seeds tend to look and taste like cereals, and this means that they can be used to add flavour to salads, biscuits or muffins.
5. It is easy to include in lots of recipes, both sweet and savoury
Salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, and cumin….Some of the spices you must have in your kitchen. If you want your dishes to be unique, try to include any edible products deriving from hemp: there are an increasing number of professional chefs (especially in the United States) who are doing this: Italian pasta with an unrivalled cannabis sauce, meat stewed in hemp and even oven cooked fish sprinkled with the ingredient.
The top layer of your dishes will be very crunchy, as hemp seeds resist heat without losing their properties. In general, they are slightly sweet in their natural state (incredible for any type of desserts) and they become slightly salty when you toast the seeds. In fact, some people use them as a substitute for breadcrumbs (especially vegans and vegetarians).
Do you still have doubts about the fact that hemp, both seeds and oil, must be a vital part of your diet? Your health will really benefit if you take this advice and keep some hemp to hand.