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Hemp Hearts

Background

Hemp hearts are raw, shelled hemp seeds. Although they may be small, these tiny seeds are packed with a diverse amount of nutrients needed to maintain your health! Hemp seeds are a versatile food that can be sprinkled on salads, yogurt or mixed in your smoothie for some added nutrients! The seeds have a characteristic nutty flavour, much like sunflower seeds.

 

Benefits

  • A good source of protein. Hemp hearts are considered a complete protein, as they contain all of the essential amino acids that are needed in our diet.
  • Although hemp hearts are higher in fat, over 80% of this fat is omega-3 fatty acids, which support cognitive function, heart, skin and hair health.
  • A good source of B vitamins, which play a key role in energy metabolism.
  • Good source of iron, which is necessary for the proper formation of red blood cells which deliver oxygen to our organs and tissues.
  • A good source of potassium, which is needed to maintain fluid balance in the body, as well as acid-base balance.
  • High in magnesium, which is abundant in the body and has many roles including muscle and bone production, immunity and heart health.
  • Hemp hearts are a good source of phosphorous, which plays a role in DNA and RNA synthesis, making it necessary for growth. Phosphorus also assists in energy metabolism (including storage and utilization), regulating nutrients in and out of cells, maintaining acid-base balance and aids in healthy bone and tooth production.

 

Nutritional Value of 2 tbsp. of hemp hearts

  • 118 calories
  • 7 g carbohydrate
  • 6 g protein
  • 5 g fat
  • 1g fibre
  • 16% of daily iron needs
  • 26% of daily phosphorous requirements
  • 48% of daily recommended magnesium intake

 

Did You Know

Hemp seeds come from the hemp plant grown around the world. It has been grown in North America since approximately 1606. Every part of the hemp plant can be processed to produce clothing, paper, paint or even fuel!

 

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