Hemp seeds – powerful plant protein and omega 3 source – #TDapproved October 22, 2013 healthy products, nutrition, product innovation Hi everyone! So here we have post 1 from NYC for 2013. I’ll be sure to post a personal update in the coming weeks, but today, given it’s Tuesday (well in Australia at least it is already), I thought I would stay true to form, and share with you all a new #TDapproved product! There is a whole movement of people who consider hempseeds to be one of the most nutritionally sound food sources in the world. I have had hemp in both protein powder form and in seed form, and with more research emerging to support the nutritional claims that hempseeds have long touted, I thought it was a great addition to the #TDApproved portfolio! Hemp protein powder available in Australia at some health food stores and online. The seed of Cannabis sativa L., hempseed has a botanical relationship to the drug/medicinal type of cannabis but does not contain psychotropic properties, and instead provides a stack of health benefits. It has been an important source of food in many ancient cultures for thousands of years, and it is no wonder! Hempseeds are around 30% oil and 25% protein, and they also contain considerable amounts of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Both the oil and the protein components of hempseed are what is interesting to us, and provide the most nutritional qualities. hemp seeds nutritional facts Another hemp protein powder Hempseed oil is over 80% polyunsaturated fats, and is a rich source of omega -6 linoleic acid and omega-3 alpha linoleic acid. The omega-6/omega-3 ratio is usually between 2:1 and 3:1, which is fantastic! (I have previously written about the n6/n3 ratio, check it out here). hemp seeds are being used in “milk” products as a dairy alternative hemp milk nutritional facts Now for the protein…hempseeds contain all of the essential amino acids. The two main proteins in hempseed are albumin and edistin, both of which are said to be easily digestible and to contain nutritionally significant amounts of essential amino acids. As you can see from the table below which outlines the amino acid content of hemp seeds, these little beauties are rich in arginine, containing 18mg per gram of seed! Arginine is known for it’s immune enhancing qualities, it also plays a role in liver detoxification, lowering cholesterol, and preventing atherosclerosis. PROTEIN SCAN OF HEMP SEEDS Amino Acid phosphoserine aspartic acid + asparagine glutamic acid + glutamine threonine serine proline glycine alanine valine cystine + cysteine methionine cystathionine isoleucine leucine tyrosine phenylalanine tryptophan ethanolamine lysine histidine arginine mg/g seeds0.9 19.8 34.8 3.7 8.6 7.3 9.7 9.6 3.0 1.2 2.6 0.9 1.5 7.1 5.8 3.5 0.6 0.4 4.3 2.5 18.8 Unfortunately in Australia, there is still a ban on selling hempseed for consumption, however it is widely available online and in the U.S. There is much discussion in Australia about whether this ban should be overturned, and in my opinion, any food source that offers all of the above health benefits should absolutely be on the market. Cashew and hemp seed spread available in the USA Cashew and hemp seed spread available in the USA Have you guys used hempseeds in any of your recipes? Here is an awesome banana and nut bar recipe that I came across recently to get you started. hemp bagels, much higher in fibre and protein than regular bagels hemp crackers in the USA Okay, now to I must continue my hunt for an apartment and setting up a life here in my beloved NYC! Wish my luck! signing off for now, TD x Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.