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Curb Cravings With Hemp Seeds

Dec 19, 2007
Hemp Seeds for Nutrition

Hemp seeds pack a nutritional punch, especially for their size. These tiny seeds are chock full of protein and other essential vitamins and nutrients. Adding hemp seeds to your diet can help your energy levels and your waistline.

Hemp Seeds and Amino Acids

Unlike the leaves of the cannabis plant, hemp seeds have no psychoactive properties whatsoever. The tiny seeds of a hemp plant can offer more protein than eggs, dairy or even some meat products. They contain all of the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary for healthy human life.

Nearly three-quarters of your body is made up of protein. Your bodily protein is maintained and repaired by amino acid subunits. Although your body produces most necessary amino acids, there are nine that your body just can't make. Arginine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenlalanine, thereonine, tryptophan, valine and taurine have to be supplemented through your diet. You could eat a whole combination of foods to get your essential amino acids...or you could just eat hemp seeds.

Hemp seeds provide all of the amino acids that you'll need.

Benefits of Amino Acids and Essential Fatty Acids

Amino acids reduce inflammation and carry toxins to the surface of the skin, intestinal tract, kidneys and lungs where they can be expelled by your body. They also lower cholesterol and blood pressure. In addition to containing all of amino acids, they have essential fatty acids as well.

Essential fatty acids boost the immune system, stabilize blood sugar levels and balance your mood.

Hemp Seeds are Perfect Protein

Hemp seeds are perfect protein. Ounce for ounce, hemp seeds have two times as much protein as eggs and four times as much protein as cow's milk. Most people think that protein can only come from meats, soy, dairy products or nuts. The problem is a lot of people have allergies to common protein sources. Soy, dairy and peanut allergies are all dangerous, and cause many people to avoid these forms of protein. Hemp seeds are the least allergenic of all protein sources and are safe for everyone to eat.

Hemp Seeds are Digestible Protein

The protein in hemp seeds is the most digestible form of protein, called edestine. Hemp seed protein is over 65% edestine, which means your body can digest it quickly and easily. Each serving of hemp seeds has almost 25% of your daily-recommended intake of protein. With just a handful of hemp seeds, you're set for your protein intake for the day.

Curb Cravings with Hemp Seeds

Getting protein through hemp seeds is a great way to stave off hunger, curb your cravings for sweets and increase your energy level. All of the nutrients in the seeds help your body stay balanced and full nourished. You can eat hemp seeds by the handful, sprinkle them on salads or soups or use hemp seed oil for cooking.

Hemp seeds also make terrific additions to baked goods. Substitute hemp seeds for almonds, walnuts or pecans in breads, cookies and cakes. A basic poppy seed cake recipe will be even more beneficial to your health if you substitute hemp seeds. There are lots of different ways you can incorporate this versatile food into your diet.
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