You have probably heard of hemp seed, also called hemp hearts, but have you ever tried them?
Hemp hearts are small, soft and nutty in flavour. They offer an easy was to add extra nutrients to just about any meal, including kids meals!
Be careful when purchasing hemp hearts as not all brands use Australian grown hemp seed. Always check the packet and buy Aussie to make sure you are supporting your Australian hemp industry.
Of course, Vasse Valley only use 100% Australian grown hemp seed! Yay!
Hemp hearts health benefits
Hemp seed is rich in highly digestible protein, meaning your body can absorb it easily. It is also a complete protein source, containing all the essential amino acids our body needs from our diet.
Hemp seeds are a great source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids, which are the healthy fats! In total they contain about 30% fat with unique 3:1 ratio of omega-6 and omega-3. This promotes cardiovascular health and may benefit some skin diseases.
Another essential fatty acid found in hemp seeds is Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which can have a hormone regulatory effect which may relieve symptoms of PMS.
Hemp seed also provides a source of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.
How to use hemp hearts
Add to salads, smoothies, muesli, granola, yoghurt etc. Hemp hearts also make a tasty, dairy-free milk alternative which we love in coffee. The high protein content makes it froth beautifully. We’ve included a ‘hemp mylk’ recipe on the back of the packet for you.
For more inspiration on how to incorporate hemp hearts into your diet check out our recipes page!
Hemp hearts nutrition information
Ingredients: 100% Australian grown, hulled hemp seed
|Servings per packet: 10, Serving size 25g|
|per serve||per 100g|
|– Saturated fat||0.9g||3.7g|
|– Monounsaturated fat||1.5g||5.9g|
|– Polyunsaturated fat||8.2g||32.6g|
|– Total sugars||0.4g||1.4g|