Hemp

English Blog | 25. February 2015

Origin
Hemp is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and has been cultivated by the ancient Egyptians and Chinese and highly appreciated. Records show that hemp was used more than 12,000 years ago.

Special Features
Hemp absolutely deserves the name “super seed.” It’s probably because of this reason that it has become increasingly popular for foods to be made with hemp in recent years. 
On our Veganz shelves next to the classic hemp seeds you can find hemp protein powder, hemp oil, hemp milk and hemp flour.

Hemp contains all 10 essential amino acids, making it the best source of protein on the planet. The essential amino acids that can only be taken with food are particularly important for physically active people. They strengthen the immune system, are anti-inflammatory and so promote regeneration. Hemp seed also supply large quantities of omega-3 for heart and skin – and, furthermore, gamma-linoleic acid, which keeps hormones in balance.

Hemp is easily digestible and found closer to the basic end of the pH scale than almost any other solid source of protein. Since foods from hemp remain raw, they also retain their naturally high levels of vitamins, minerals, balanced fats, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll.

Hemp protein powder varies in concentrations from 10 to 14 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons of powder; 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds contain about 5 grams of protein.

Don’t worry, hemp seeds don’t have any hallucinogenic effects. You would have to ingest hemp seeds by the pound in the shortest possible time to come close to feeling anything.

Taste and Appearance
Cannabis Seeds – These small golden grains with their tiny green, chlorophyll-containing fibers are comparable in taste with sunflower seeds and can therefore be used as a wonderful, nutty addition to recipes.
Toasted Hemp Seeds – Toasted cannabis seeds have an even nuttier taste, resembling that of almonds.
Hemp Protein Powder / Hemp Flour – Has an earthy, but sometimes slightly grassy, taste since it is often milled with the shell.
Dark Green Hemp Oil – Is a rich, nutty gourmet oil, ideal for recipes where only mild heating is required.

Use
In shredded form, hemp seeds can be mixed into cereal or bread mixes. Hemp oil goes great in salads, marinades and spreads.
Otherwise, hemp can also use here:
Breakfast, drinks and smoothies, side dishes, snacks, soups and dressings, appetizers, sweets and desserts.

Serving Size (per day)
3 tablespoons hemp seeds or 2-3 tablespoons hemp protein powder

Sources:
Brazier, Brendan (2013): Vegan in Topform. The vegan dietitian for excellence in sports and life. Famous Canadian triathlete and creator of the Thrive Diet. 2. Deutsche Ausgabe, Narayana Verlag
Morris, Julie (2014): Das Buch der Superfood Smoothies. 100 Rezepte für leckerere Powerdrinks. Deutsche Erstausgabe. Königsfurt-Urania Verlag GmbH. Krummwisch bei Kiel
Morris, Julie (2014): Das Beste aus der Natur. Superfood Küche. Deutsche Erstausgabe. Königsfurt-Urania Verlag GmbH. Krummwisch bei Kiel

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