Need a health boost? Then look no further because Hemp Seeds really can be considered a super food: they are one of the most complete sources of vegetable nutrition. Containing each of the big three: perfectly balanced Omega Oils, EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids), and high quality protein containing all of the essential amino acids, not only does the nutrition in Hemp Seeds come in an optimum ratio, but also in the most easily digestible format . It's a win, win, win!
And now for the science bit.... Roughly 35% of Hemp Seed content is oil. This oil contains 80% essential fatty acids (EFAs) comprising 50 - 70% Linoleic Acid (LA), 15 - 25% Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) and 1 - 6% Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). It is also contains DHA & EPA. The balance of Linoleic Acid and Alpha-Linolenic Acid in Hempseed oil ably satisfies our needs for EFAs.
So what can you do with the seeds? Like Soya Beans, Hemp Seeds can be made into numerous nutritious food products. Once the seeds have been ground, soaked and crushed for their oil content, the resulting seed cake can be used for flour to make breads, cakes, cookies and pasta. In addition, the soaked seeds can be made into 'milk', ice cream and non-dairy cheeses. Eating Hemp won't get you high. Hemp is a variety of the plant species Cannabis Sativa but only contains minute amounts of the psychoactive component (THC) - too small for even the slightest effect.