Did you know that (in case of a food emergency) you can survive on hemp hearts alone? Yes, you read that right.
Hemp hearts are superfoods that contain all the essential nutrients and minerals the human body needs. They’re a little different from hemp seeds. Hemp seeds refer to the whole seed with the exterior shell intact, while hemp hearts are the seeds dehulled.
Without the outer shells, the seed hearts are easier to consume, making them a popular choice for a lot of people. Besides the ease of consumption, here are the main hemp hearts benefits you don’t want to miss out on.
Evidence-Based Hemp Hearts Benefits to Consider
There isn’t much difference when it comes to the nutritional value of hemp seeds and hemp hearts. The only difference is that whole hemp seeds have more fiber which exists primarily in the hulls.
Some of the main health benefits of hemp hearts include:
1. Reduce the Risk of Heart Diseases
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), heart diseases are the leading cause of death in the world. These conditions (and death rates) can be curbed by lowering LDL cholesterol levels of individuals.
A good way of doing this is by including healthy fats in your diet. 80% of a hemp heart consists of polyunsaturated fats such as omega-3 and omega-6 fats which is vital in this regard.
2. Relieving Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Symptoms
One of the not so obvious benefits of organic hemp hearts is helping women manage their PMS symptoms. Hemp’s heart consists of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which alleviates these symptoms by balancing the body’s hormone levels.
3. Boost Digestion
Hemp hearts contain Edestin protein which resembles the bodies’ globular proteins in the blood plasma. This makes the protein compatible with our digestion system and, therefore, easily absorbed by the body. This may be the reason why there are no reported food allergies related to hemp foods.
4. Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Consuming hemp hearts adds magnesium to your system which is responsible for breaking down sugars and reducing insulin resistance in your body. Insulin resistance often results in Type 2 diabetes.
5. Body Tissue Repair and Growth
Hemp protein contains all the 20 known amino acids – including nine essential amino acids (EAAs). EAAs are amino acids that the body can’t do without. A deficiency in EAAs may lead to serious degenerative conditions.
During digestion, hemp protein is transformed into amino acids which are required for the growth, repair, and maintenance of the body tissue.
6. Helps Maintain Bone Density
According to the American Bone Health, minerals such as magnesium, copper, potassium, zinc, and iron are essential for healthy bone development and maintenance. All of these minerals are found in hemp hearts in significant quantities.
Include Hemp Hearts in Your Diet for Healthier Living
Hemp hearts have the highest concentration of essential fatty acids, proteins, and vitamins.
These dehulled hemp seeds can be consumed in various ways. You can sprinkle them on other foods such as yogurt and ice cream, use them as a substitute to breadcrumbs, or even grind them into flour for baking.
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