Move over quinoa, goji berries and yes, even kale – there’s a new super-food in town: HEMP.
Here are 7 reasons why you’ll want to start munching the seeds, whizzing the protein powder into your green smoothies and drizzling the oil all over your salads as often as you can:
- IT’S NOW LEGAL IN AUSTRALIA!
In case you were wondering, “err....isn’t hemp a DRUG?!”, let me explain...while the plant Cannabis Sativa can be used as a drug (marijuana), “industrial” or food-grade hemp only contains very low levels of the psychoactive component THC – not enough to get high. Up until recently though, it was unfairly marginalized because of its high-THC cousin, but persistent lobbying has now resulted in food grade hemp becoming entirely legal in Australia...and it’s about time!
- IT’S A NUTRIENT-DENSE, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SUPERFOOD
High in minerals, vitamin E, and omega 3 fatty acids, hemp is a potent anti-inflammatory. Why is this important? Because we now know that rampant, systemic inflammation is a key factor behind the majority of modern-day chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes and auto-immune problems and a diet high in anti-inflammatory foods is essential for good health and longevity.
- HEMP 3 WAYS: IT’S INCREDIBLY VERSATILE
With 3 ways to consume hemp, it’s a very versatile food...it can be consumed as a natural protein powder in smoothies, the seeds can be eaten whole or added to salads and baking and the oil can be used in home-made salad dressings or added to smoothies too.
- IT’S SUSTAINABLE AND GREAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Hemp is naturally a pest-resistant, sustainable crop – meaning less chemicals making their way into your body, and into the Earth! Plus, it requires very little water compared to other crops – extra important for drought-ridden Australian farms. The crops can also be used for other purposes too, such as in textiles, bio-plastics, paper, fuel and the automotive industry.
- IT’S A VEGAN’S DREAM
With a good mix of amino acids and a protein content of around 25%, hemp is comparable to soy-beans as an excellent vegetarian source of protein. Plus the high omega-3 content makes it another great source of these essential fatty acids, along with other vegan dream-seeds: flax and chia.
- IT’LL MAKE YOU EVEN MORE GORGEOUS
High in gamma-linolenic acid, hemp is a natural boon for your hair, skin, and nails and can be great for helping to clear up skin conditions like psoriasis and hormonal acne. With a carbohydrate content of only 2%, it’s also great for weight loss if you’re following a low-carb or ketogenic diet. Plus the high fiber content will help fill you up – say goodbye to hunger pangs and cravings!
- IT TASTES DELICIOUS!
Last, but certainly not least, and perhaps the most important point of all: the mild, nutty flavor of hemp is absolutely delicious! What more do you need to check out our all-new hemp foods range now!?