Global: Nutrition is Plentiful in Hemp SeedPosted in: Food To Eat on Monday, December 19, 2011
Hempseed's are a plentiful source of dietary fiber, calcium and iron. Whole hempseeds are also a good source of beta-carotene, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese. Hempseed is usually very safe for those unable to digest nuts, gluten, and lactose. Hemp milk contains 10 essential amino acids, making it a good vegetarian source of protein.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, "Hemp seeds have a rich, nutty flavor, something like sunflower seeds. Hemp milk is made by pulverizing the seeds, blending them with water and straining out the solid residue. The resulting "milk" provides both omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids in a healthy three-to-one ratio."
Weil has also stated "As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet." He believes everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again.
The latest health expert to put his stamp of approval on hemp is Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Doctor Oz Show. During a recent show featuring a blind taste-test of non-dairy alternatives, Hemp Milk was Dr. Oz's favorite alternative to milk. "Hemp milk is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids which have been found to be good for both the heart and brain." said Samantha Heller, well-known Registered Dietician, author, radio-show host and regular on The Dr. Oz Show.
"I love hemp seeds. I love them for breakfast. They have hemp milk. It’s a great source of a lot of nutrients. It's sort of exciting, makes the pallet wake up a bit and is a much better boost than the [sugary] granola bar," explained Dr. Oz.
Cathy Hearn, the President of Living Harvest Hemp Milk said, "After years of working to raise awareness and educate the consumers on the benefits of Hemp, it's great to see health experts like Jillian Michaels, Samantha Heller, and Dr. Oz providing their endorsement. Hemp has something great to offer everyone."
According to the writings of the founder of the Hemp Food Industries Association and Director of Hemp Foods Australia, Paul Benhaim, Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) have many jobs in the body, and these EFAs are in hemp seeds and hemp food products are sold in mainstream supermarkets throughout North America and Europe. EFAs help hold proteins in the membrane. The EFAs Omega 3 and Omega 6 substantially shorten the time required for fatigued muscles to recover after exercise and Omega 3 also increases stamina and speeds healing on many levels.
Foods made with hemp now on the market include ice cream, cereals, waffles, snack bars and more. The health benefits of hemp as food abound and if we can restore this crop to our country's farmers, healthier food options would increase. It's time we contact our elected officials and urge them to support the re-legalization of hemp as a crop to our nation's farms. Restore hemp!