Hemp seeds are one of nature’s superfoods—considered to be better than chia seeds and linseeds. They are packed full protein, contain all 20 amino acids, as well as each of the nine essential amino acids and, are considered the most effective source of plant based Omega 3. That’s because it is much easier for us to digest and metabolise than chia or linseed.
On top of that, they are also a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc. Just 30 grams of hemp seeds contains about:
- 10.5g of protein
- 39% of your RDA of magnesium
- 21% of your RDA of iron
They are really are one of the best superfoods.
How to eat hemp seeds
Hemp seeds usually come in three varieties: whole, shelled or oil. Due to the polyunsaturated fatty acids, hemp seeds and oil are susceptible to damage at high temperatures so it’s best to consume them cold. However, whole hemp seeds can be lightly toasted over a medium heat for a short time. This helps bring out that lovely earthy flavour, makes them crunchy and preserves most of the incredible qualities within.
How to toast hemp seeds
Toast hemp seeds on a medium heat for no longer than two minutes. Once toasted add whatever seasoning you’d like. I add a little salt, but chilli and cumin also work really well.
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