Green Light For Hemp Food Products
Fantastic news for vegans and vegetarians this week, with the announcement that hemp food products have been approved for human consumption in Australia and New Zealand.
Hemp seeds have long been recognised as not only an excellent source of non-animal protein, but also a 'super food', when it comes to delivering health benefits.
However, previous attempts to legalise its use in Australia were unsuccessful, due to hemp being a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species.
It's Official - Hemp Seed Is Safe
Supporters have long campaigned for changes to food regulations, but there was a fear that consuming hemp products could affect roadside drug tests.
It has now been proven that hemp food products are very low in THC - that's the hallucinogenic substance found in marijuana - and therefore pose no risk.
Hemp is a pretty amazing plant, that has been offering many uses to mankind for at least 10,000 years. It can be made into all types of products, including clothing, paper, paint, insulation, animal feed, fuel, and more.
Containing fibres that are incredibly strong and durable, hemp can be used instead of wood in building, helping to create healthier, sustainable, breathable homes.
Benefits Of Eating Hemp
So what can hemp do for human health and wellbeing? The answer is in the seed.
Hemp seeds are practically bursting with both Omega-6 and Omega-3, which makes them incredibly beneficial for heart health. Those essential fatty acids also deliver fantastic anti-inflammatory benefits.
Recent research suggests that Omega-3 could actually help keep Alzheimer's disease away, while Omega-6 helps us maintain healthy bones, stimulates hair and skin growth, regulates the metabolism, and helps brain function.
Safe Source Of Protein
But that's not all! The real magic of hemp for vegans and vegetarians is in the protein and fibre it provides. It is also free of oligosaccharides - the carbohydrate in many proteins that can cause gas and upset stomach.
Hemp protein is attained through eating the seeds. They can also be ground up and used as flour, or taken as a protein supplement. Hemp oil is also available.
Hemp is one of the closest proteins to those found in our bodies, containing all 20 amino acids, including the Essential Eight. Those amino acids are crucial for improved muscle control, mental function, and maintenance of healthy tissues, cells and organs.
Hemp contains more globulins (edestin) and albumin than any other plant-based protein source, and is one of the few sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA).
The Little Seed With A Big Future
When you look at everything this little green plant can offer, you'll see that it's one of the few foods that can be eaten by anyone! Seriously, it's vegan, gluten-free, kosher, non-genetically modified, sugar-free, and contains no saturated fatty acids, no trans fat, and no cholesterol.
As far as we know, there are no known allergies to hemp foods. And that's pretty rare.
With its delicious nutty flavour, this little seed is the basis of endless, protein-packed recipes. Put them in your smoothie, sprinkle them on cereals, salads, veggies and yoghurt, or eat them as a snack.
Make them into cereals, cakes and slices, veggie burgers, dips, even chocolate. Delicious, healthful, simple, and now legal - what more could we ask for!