Hemp Seeds: A New Protein To Try
I recently visited Detroit, Michigan’s Eastern Market with my family. Eastern Market is well known for being one of the largest historic farmer’s markets in the country. Visiting a farmer’s market, big or small, is a great way to experience new foods while supporting your local farmers.
During my visit to Eastern Market, I was offered a sample of hemp seeds, a food that I have never tried before. I always enjoy trying and learning about new foods; so when offered a free sample, I could not refuse. The hemp seeds, to my delight, were delicious!
Hemp seeds nutrition information
When I looked up the nutrition facts, I was excited to learn that 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds contain over 9 grams of protein and have only 3 grams of carbohydrate. This information inspired me to learn more about hemp seeds and how to incorporate this tasty food into my current diet.
Hemp seed nutrition facts
Serving Size: 3 tablespoons (Hemp Seeds, shelled)
Fat: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 11.5 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 g
Carb: 3 g
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 9.5 g
Iron: 2 mg
What do hemp seeds taste like?
- Hemp seeds have a subtle nutty flavor that has been described to be a cross between a sunflower seed and a pine nut.
How do I store hemp seeds?
- Unopened packages can be stored in a cool, dry place.
- Avoid sunlight.
- Once package is opened, store hemp seeds in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator or freezer.
Do hemp seeds contain THC?
(Tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound in marijuana)
- Hemp and marijuana come from the plant Cannabis Sativa L.
- Marijuana is derived from the buds and leaves of the Cannabis plant, which have a high THC content.
- Hemp comes from the stalks, stems, and sterilized seeds of the Cannabis plant. Hemp contains a minimal amount of THC (less than 0.3%).
- If you choose to eat a hemp product, select a product that is part of the TestPledge program. This is a voluntary program that requires companies to limit the amount of THC in their products.
Bonus points for hemp seeds
- Hemp seeds are rich in the essential fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6. The fatty acid profile of hemp seeds may be beneficial in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors.
- Hemp seeds are a complete protein (Containing all 9 essential amino acids) making them a great source of protein for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet.
How can I incorporate hemp seeds into my diet?
- Add hemp seeds in place of pine nuts when making pesto.
- Sprinkle hemp seeds on top of salad.
- Eat a handful of roasted hemp seeds as a snack.
- Add hemp seeds to ground turkey when making turkey patties.
- Mix hemp seeds into mashed avocado spread on Melba toast.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of hemp seeds to Greek Yogurt.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of hemp seeds to a smoothie.
- Sprinkle hemp seeds on top of steel-cut oats. Add fresh berries for some natural sweetness.
Please share with us your favorite ways to enjoy hemp seeds.
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