Hello hemp fans and welcome the first blog of Vasse Valley Hemp Farm! Today we will explain why hemp seed is so nutritious and why Vasse Valley hemp seed products are more nutritious than many of the products available in stores today.
Hemp Seed Is Great For Your Health
We know that most seeds and nuts are really good for us. This is generally because they are rich in protein and healthy fats. Hemp seed is no exception to this rule, but its the amount and quality of proteins and fats that sets them higher up the superfood ladder. Here’s why!
Hemp seed is a great source of high-quality, plant-based protein. It contains about 25% protein, which is similar to beef and lamb. This protein is also highly digestible, meaning your body can absorb it easily. What’s even more amazing about hemp protein is it ‘complete’ meaning it contains all essential amino acids. These are the amino acids that are not produced by the body and need to come from the diet. Complete sources of plant-based protein are uncommon, making hemp seed all the more valuable for vegetarians and vegans.
Essential Fatty Acids
Hemp seed is a great source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids, which are the healthy fats! In total, they contain about 30% fat with a unique 3:1 ratio of omega-6 and omega-3. This is a perfect ratio for our nutritional requirements and promotes cardiovascular health. It may also benefit some skin diseases. Another essential fatty acid found in hemp seed is Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This is a type of omega-6 fatty acid which can have a hormone regulatory effect and may relieve symptoms of PMS.
There is one health component that we have not yet discussed and that’s FIBRE! Fibre is a necessary part of the diet as it helps your intestinal tract push out waste from the foods you consume. Fibre helps keep the digestive system regular and feeds the probiotics in your gut, helping to achieve a robust immune system. But not all hemp seed products contain this valuable fibre.
Why Vasse Valley Hemp Seed Is Better For You
Most hemp seed products on our shelves are missing either the fibre or oil. For example, dehulled hemp seeds (hemp hearts) have had the outer husk removed – this is the fibre component. Similarly, hemp protein powder has had the oil extracted – so you lose all those amazing essential fatty acids.
Vasse Valley products use the whole seed. This means you are getting the whole protein, fatty acid and fibre package! We particularly love the high fibre content in our products (about 35%). Most of this is insoluble fibre, which plays an important role in gut health. The crunch factor you get when eating our products is all that wonderful, insoluble fibre!
So, besides tasting great, hemp seed is rich in nutrients we need to keep us healthy. It also provides a great source of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc. Most hemp seed products extract the oil or seed husk but by using Vasse Valley products you get the complete set of nutritional benefits that only the whole seed can give. Contact us if you’d like to place an order.
In our next blog, we will give you some ideas on how to use our products.