I have been vegetarian all my life and except for an odd occasion when I may have eaten something by mistake, never fancied meat. Therefore, my diet has always been deficient in protein. As I searched for protein rich sources of food I discovered hemp seeds. Hemp seeds come from cannabis, the same plant from which marijuana is made and has therefore been much misunderstood. Obviously, I abhor anyone who smokes marijuana or any kind of drugs and would never recommend anyone do so. Hemp seeds are perfectly safe and your can’t even get high by smoking hemp seeds. Instead they are a wonderful source of protein with about 11 gms of protein in three tablespoons. The protein is also a whole protein with all 20 amino acids. It is therefore the perfect protein.
Besides being rich in protein, hemp seeds also have the perfect balance of Omega 3 and 6 in a 3:1 ratio making it an excellent food for cardiovascular diseases. It is GLA rich and therefor acts like an anti-inflammatory. It is great for weight loss as it reduces your craving for sugar and suppresses your hunger. It also has high fibre content helping you digest your food better. It is rich in Vitamins like A, B, D and E and also rich in minerals like Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium.
Hemp seeds have oil and are therefore best consumed un-roasted as with almost all nuts and seeds. Add hemp to your diet for the vitamins, minerals and protein and sorry it won’t satiate your craving for smoking the dragon.