If you’ve seen hemp products on shelves but have been wary to try them because you think hemp is the same thing as marijuana| you’ll be happy to know that the two are not interchangeable. Hemp has little to no THC and has no drug value| and although it may look like marijuana| the hemp plant is actually a different species of cannabis. You might already know that| but did you also know that hemp is loaded with health and nutritional benefits? Check out three ways you can reap the benefits of hemp.
- It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids. You probably already know that foods like salmon and flaxseeds are good sources of omega-3s| but you might be surprised to know that hemp seeds are also a natural source of these essential fatty acids| which can help lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. The nutritious seeds also offer vitamin B1 (thiamine)| vitamin B2 (riboflavin)| potassium| calcium| iron| zinc| and copper. Hemp seeds can be eaten raw| made into milk| or baked into cookies| breads| and muffins.It’s high in fiber: Hemp is high in soluble and insoluble fiber| which are both essential for helping you feel full and keeping your digestive system in good shape. A high-fiber diet is important if you want to lose weight| so add a few handfuls of hemp seeds to your next breakfast or salad in order to reap the fiber-filled benefits.It’s a protein powerhouse: Hemp contains all eight essential amino acids| making it an ideal source of protein for vegetarians (it is| however| low in certain essential amino acids| which is why some consider it a near-complete and not complete protein). It’s also rich in magnesium| iron| and vitamin E. Try Shape‘s quick and easy smoothie recipe that incorporates the benefits of hemp protein: blend 1/4 cup hemp protein powder| 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk| 1/2 cup blueberries| and 2-3 ice cubes until smooth.
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