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What Are Hemp Seeds? Are They Good For You?

Hemp seeds, spoon with hemp seeds

Have you seen packets of hemp seeds at the grocery store and health food shops? Hemp seeds come from the industrial hemp plant. This hemp plant won’t affect the brain like other types of cannabis plants. You can enjoy hemp seeds just like any other seed or nut. One Meat and Alternative Food Guide serving of shelled hemp seeds is ¼ cup. However, many hemp seed products list the serving size as two tablespoons on the Nutrition Facts Table.

What’s in hemp seeds?

Hemp seeds are high in protein. In fact, two tablespoons of shelled hemp seeds can contain between 7 and 11 grams of protein. The fibre content can vary depending on the brand. They also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fats, making them heart healthy. 

Health claims of hemp seeds

Although hemp seeds have some key nutrients, there is no evidence to show that they can improve your immune system, boost your energy, improve your digestion or help with weight loss. The bottom line is that hemp seeds, like other seeds, provide you with protein, fibre and healthy fats, which are part of a healthy diet.

Five ways to enjoy hemp seeds 

If you enjoy hemp seeds, here are some ideas to try:

  • Sprinkle on smoothies
  • Add to cereal in the morning
  • Sprinkle on salads or use them instead of breadcrumbs
  • Add to a stir-fry or lasagna
  • Use in baked goods

Recipes that use hemp seeds

Chewy Ginger Pecan Cookies
Mango Banana Smoothie Bowl
Sweet Potato Toast with Nut Butter
No Bake Chocolate Almond Bliss Bars


Last Update – November 24, 2017

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