There are three main types of raw hemp foods. Cold pressed hemp oil, hemp seeds (hemp hearts), and raw hemp protein. Some of the most commonly asked questions are; Where do hemp foods come from? How are hemp foods made? What is the difference between the three types of hemp foods?, and What are the best ways to use each different type of hemp food?. We shed some light on how hemp becomes a food, and explain what is the differences are between hemp oil, hemp seeds, and hemp protein!
All hemp foods start from the whole hemp seeds, and are processed in different methods to create each product. Hemp Cultivation takes place in a few main regions around the world. You can read more here about the best and the worst hemp food producers around the world. Canada has proven to have the highest quality hemp food processing and cultivation standards, with China being one of the biggest producers.
China’s hemp producers have far less stringent food quality regulations, with salmonella in hemp foods being an issue in recent times. As Australia has tight food regulations, and a new booming cultivation industry, hemp foods in Australia will soon be on the list with the top shelf hemp food producers. Always be sure to check the country of origin on the packaging so you can make an informed decision on where your hemp foods come from.
Commercial hemp cultivation globally.
Countries piloting and researching hemp.
- Canada, Chile
Asia & Pacific
- Australia, China, India, Nepal, South Korea, Thailand
- Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine
- Japan, Netherlands, United States
What are the health benefits, and why we should all be eating hemp?
Hemp foods in general offer a multitude of nutrients. Here are some the key ones.
- Perfect Omega 3 & 6 Essential fatty ratio
- High in soluble and insoluble fibre
- High in cancer fighting antioxidants
- Natural plant based source Vitamin D
- Nearly 40% of your daily intake of magnesium per serve
- Nearly 24% of your daily intake of zinc per serve
- Highly digestible protein source
- Full Branched chain amino acid profile
- Phytate free, and 100% bioavailability
Hemp oil, Hemp Seeds, and Hemp Protein. What is the difference?
The whole hemp seed is cold pressed without the use of heat or chemicals to extract the nutrient dense oil. Hemp seed oil is high in PUFA’s (polyunsaturated fats). The modern diet is quite high in omega 6 fatty acids which can be bad for human health, but hemp has a balanced ratio Omega 3 fatty acids to offset the intake of the high omega 6 ratio.
One important omega 6 found in hemp is the is GLA (gamma linolenic acid), which has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, which also helps in reducing inflammatory skin conditions such as Acne, Eczema and Psoriasis. It is also known to be majorly beneficial for heart, brain, and liver health.
The most suggested beneficial uses of hemp oil.
- Supplementation for assisting arthritic joint pain.
- Supplementation for assisting heart health
- Supplementation to assist Vitamin D deficiency
- Supplementation/ Topical use for skin conditions
- Supplementation for immune system strength
- Salad Dressing
- Soaps and Skincare
Once the hemp oil is cold pressed from the seed, it leaves behind what is called a “seed cake”. The seed cake is milled into a powder, and sifted into a protein flour. It is called a hemp flour, as the first sifting that takes place leaves the powder course, and it contains a higher fibre content.
Once second round of sifting takes place, the protein content raises as the powder gets finer, and the fibre content decreases. Making the result a higher concentrated protein powder.
Hemp Protein is a highly digestible protein source that is great for vegans, and vegetarians.
Hemp Protein compared other proteins.
Hemp has a natural raw nutty flavour, contains a full profile of 20 branched chain amino acids, including albumin and edestin for DNA Building and liver health. It also aids muscle building, repair, and recovery. Hemp protein powder has minerals such as magnesium and potassium, NO additives, Is vegan friendly, gluten free, diary free, and non-GMO. It also has a high concentration of omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids, and is un matched as a 100% raw and natural protein powder by the nutrients it offers in its raw form.
The most suggested beneficial uses for hemp protein.
- Smoothies and Protein shakes
- Raw treats
- Baking – Breads, muffins, mud cakes, vegan pizza bases.
- Body scrubs for skin exfoliation
- Raw protein pancakes
- Vegan and vegetarian protein source
- Weight loss detox
- Helps fight sugar and hinger cravings
Hemp seeds or hemp hearts are the soft nutty tasting centre that is hulled from the whole hemp seed. The difference between hemp seeds and its close counter parts – hemp oil and hemp protein, is that it’s classed as a whole-food. Hemp seeds have a full spectrum of nutrients that are also found in the hemp oil and hemp protein, but unlike the hemp oil they are a little lower per serve of essential fatty acids, and unlike the hemp protein they are a little lower in available protein per serve.
Hemp seeds can be used as a whole-food source, and are easy to use in most meal settings, whether it be sweet or savoury, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are a great incorporation to boost the nutrients in any meal.
Hemp seeds are great for weight loss due the high amounts of soluble and insoluble fibre. They are slow digesting, keeping you fuller for longer, and are great for gut health by feeding that good gut flora. They boast the full branched chain amino acid profile, including globulin edestin. A simple protein that is found in the human body that helps the body fight infection. These proteins are delivered to the body in a similar form to animal blood plasma, making hemp an excellent food source for vegans. The presence of Albumin and Edestin makes the proteins available in hemp foods very easily absorbed due to how similar they are to our very own blood lipids.. Crazy, Right?
There are suggestions that eating hemp seeds could aid, even heal those suffering severe immune deficiencies. See this study on hemp seeds used to treat Tuberculosis in Czechoslovakia. See >> Czechoslovakia Tubercular Nutritional Study 1955.
Hemp seeds are a great natural source of Vitamin D (for calcium absorption), Zinc, Iron, Magnesium and Potassium. They too are high in essential fatty acids including GLA, which is also a necessary building block for some prostaglandins – Hormone like chemicals that help smooth muscles, control inflammation and body temperature.
The most suggested beneficial uses for hemp seeds.
- Salad Toppings
- Pesto’s and dips
- Raw treats
- Meal finisher for most sweet and savoury meals
- Breakfast granolas
- Protein Balls
- Protein Bars
- Hemp Milk
Eating hemp and drug testing.
Frequently asked questions about hemp foods! “Will hemp foods get me high?” and “Will I test positive on a drug test?”
The answer is a confident NO! The psychoactive compound found in Marijuana THC or (Tetrahydrocannabinol), can be found in hemp foods. But! It has an allowable level of .03% which is basically undetectable in a drug test, and will have no mind-altering effects. Always make sure you are sourcing your hemp foods from a reputable brand that uses the highest quality processing practices to make sure you are not getting a tainted product with higher levels of THC.