How to eat hemp seeds and where to buy them

Published Mar 8, 2019 10:30 a.m. ET

Have you noticed the hemp shell cereals and hemp seed flours appearing in your local grocery store and wondered to yourself, what are they? Maybe you have yet to notice them at all. Either scenario is not uncommon. With hemp plant products being such a fresh addition to supermarket shelves there is very little common knowledge on their benefits when added to a person’s daily diet and even less advertising of these kinds of products due to the cost required to properly market something being unaffordable to new players in the cannabis product world. Many of which may not yet be making enough money to put enough real information out there for the world to see.

What are hemp seeds?

Hemp seed foods are one of the most beneficial plant-based superfoods out there. A hemp seeds superfood is made using a hemp plant bred specifically for the health benefits and not for any form of recreational consumption. A hemp seeds superfood is any food that is made using a base like whole hemp seed shells or crushed and sifted hemp seed flour.

Benefits of hemp seeds

Omega 3 - Hemp seeds naturally contain generous amounts essential omega 3 fatty acids which are healthy, necessary fats.  

Unsaturated fats - They also have unsaturated fats, which are the healthy fats that are easier for the stomach to break down and healthier for the heart.

Antioxidants - Every part of a hemp seed including the shell contains compounds that offer an antioxidant benefit which can aid in the treatment of skin, heart, and joint health.

Protein - The amount of protein found in hemp seeds is equal to that found in soybeans. Every thirty grams of seed will contain approximately ten grams of pure protein. This will leave you feeling full much longer just as you would with peanuts which are another nutrient dense plant product.

Amino acids - Hemp seeds superfood contains all nine amino acids which are necessary for the overall health of a human’s digestive system.

Fiber - The amount of fiber in hemp seeds superfoods is so high that adding them to your daily diet can help with managing weight, reducing your appetite, maintaining stable blood sugar levels in diabetics, and promotes better functioning of the human stomach.

Minerals and vitamins - One of the most beneficial advantages of hemp seeds is that they contain vitamins and minerals including but not limited to vitamin E, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, thiamine, folate, vitamin D, riboflavin, niacin, and potassium.

Health benefits of hemp seeds

  • Improved brain function
  • A boost in overall heart health
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Gluten Free

Medical conditions that can benefit from eating hemp seeds

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Acne
  • Heart Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • inflammation
  • Parkinson's
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Seizure disorders
  • Alzheimer's

How to eat hemp seeds

Shelled hemp seeds are one of the most straightforward products to eat because they can be sprinkled or mixed into almost anything including cereal, yogurt, salad, smoothies, sandwiches, and sauces. Hemp seeds can also be used as a substitute for batter or bread crumbs by coating meat like fish or chicken. Hemp seeds can also be made into hemp seed milk by soaking and blending whole seeds or shells either alone or with nuts like peanuts or almonds to make delicious chocolate or vanilla flavored hemp seed milk. Hemp seeds contain no THC, which is the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana that produces a buzz. Hemp shells are purely a health food product and the effects to be expected are limited to overall better health.

Where to buy hemp seeds

As mentioned earlier you may be surprised by the number of products available in your local grocery store — particularly those that have a section dedicated to health or all-natural foods. If you don’t have luck there, you have the option of buying online which includes some amazing options right at your fingertips. If you would like to try a hemp seeds super-food product but don’t know where to start, check out the following links to some basic products that can be used to add the benefits of hemp seeds to your diet.

Organic Shelled Hempseed

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp Protein

Hearts (hulled hemp seeds)

Whole Hemp Seeds

Hemp Flour



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