This week’s food of the week is (drumroll please)… Hemp seeds! Since hemp seeds are derived from cannabis, it is a super food that has faced a lot of controversy. However, science has proven that hemp seeds do in fact contain a lot nutritional value.
- Decreases the risk of heart disease
Since hemp seeds are a good source of amino acid arginine, consumption of hemp seeds may lead to lower blood pressure and can reduce the risk of heart disease
- Helps with skin issues
Hemp seeds have the perfect ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (3:1). It’s proven that hemp seed oil can benefit people with eczema and can provide relief for dry skin and improve itchiness
- Good Source of Protein
In hemp seeds, 25% of the calories come from protein, which means that they are an excellent source of protein. In fact, hemp seeds provide amounts of protein similar to beef and are more abundant in protein than chia and flaxseed. Also, since hemp seeds are plant-based it’s perfect for vegans and vegetarians and is easier to digest than legume, nuts and grains.