This powerhouse of a seed can be eaten raw or used in cooking and baking. However, this seed is not a nut, but still it has a bit of a crunch and has a delicious nutty taste. These seeds contain high amounts of fiber, protein and carbohydrates. Plus, they provide numerous minerals and vitamins. All of these nutrients together help protect the human body from various diseases, regulates the circulatory system and helps improve the digestive tract. Due to its high fiber and protein levels, hemp seeds are widely known as a healthy snack food. A small amount of these seeds helps silence any cravings and provides you with energy for a fair amount of time. It is OK to say those who can not consume dairy protein can and should use hemp protein as a supplement to their diet.
You don’t need to soak these seeds in water before blending with water and a small amount of natural sweetener, and a dash of salt to create hemp milk. That will provide the same benefits as eating dairy products essentially but without all the allergic reactions. This seed milk is non dairy and low in cholesterol and saturated fats. It is easily digestible as it does not contain lactose, which is the substance found in milk and is difficult to absorb. These lactose-free properties make this seed milk entirely suitable for infants and all of those who have digestive problems. You can drink it plain or use in tea, coffee, smoothies and cereals.
When it comes to the green oil pressed from these seeds, it is considered to be the most well-balanced of the oils among all seed oils. It contains the adequate proportions of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Both these EFAs protect from heart diseases, certain types of cancer, dementia and diabetes. Besides being a powerhouse of essential fatty acids, it is also an excellent source of vitamin D and E. This oil is the only plant oil which contains vitamin D. This vitamin helps you absorb calcium, which in turn helps protect from bone disease. The high amount of Vitamin E contained in here is very useful for skin and hair. This oil is a natural moisturizer, and it keeps skin healthy and fresh and the oil is often used in shampoos, soaps, lotions, creams and other cosmetic products. These are just a few of the benefits of hemp seeds.