Like healthy flax seeds, hemp seeds contain all nine essential amino acids, making it a more complete nutritional source than other plants proteins, as mentioned in Shape Magazine. Unlike soy protein, hemp seeds are far less likely to be genetically modified, and hemp also lacks the high phytic acid levels of soy. Phytic acid is a naturally occurring anti-nutrient that prevents the body from absorbing minerals, and hemp has far lower levels than say. Just like soy, hemp can also be made into a delicious milk substitute that can be bought at the supermarket or easily made at home.
Hemp seed flour, derived from the finely-ground seeds of the cannabis plant, are a delicious, healthy, and highly-digestible flour alternative. Naturally gluten-free, hemp seeds do not have any psychoactive effect, but they are one of the highest plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as providing the best protein of any plant source. It can be used to substitute parts of regular wheat flour in recipes, and can also be added to shakes and smoothies for a vegetarian protein boost. Regardless of all this good stuff they can be slightly difficult to obtain, however you can order seeds online or find them in specific local health stores.
Hemp seeds are also high in fiber, promoting healthy digestion. Many adults and children suffer from fiber deficiency, which can lead to increased risks of weight gain and heart disease. In addition to fiber, hemp seeds contain high levels of alpha linoleic acid (ALA), the only plant source of fatty acids. Hemp seeds have a healthy ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids, which provides your body with the correct omega balance. A 1999 workshop run by the U.S. National Institute of Health, cited here by Alternet.org, produced results that show that a healthy omega balance can lead to health benefits such as improving cognitive function, preventing dementia, reducing inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions, and may even reduce ADHD symptoms in some children. Hemp seeds are delicious, with a flavor like pine nuts, and unlike fish liver oil, the other most common source of healthy fatty acids, hemp seeds are easy to store, odor free, tasty, vegetarian, and have a longer shelf life, but slightly. The seeds have a mild unobtrusive flavor and are a great to add to your dishes in order to create your own signature dish.