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The humble hemp seed is one of our favorite seeds because it might be small but it packs a mighty nutritional punch! They’re full of protein, fiber, healthy fat, magnesium, and so much more. 

Hemp seeds have a deliciously delicate nutty flavor that’s probably best described as what you get when you cross a sunflower seed with a pine nut. This makes them really easy to add to your diet because they are perfect in both sweet and savory dishes (keep reading for some tasty inspiration).
So without further ado, here is the lowdown on the best brands to go for when looking to buy hemp seeds, as well as some info on where they come from and their nutritional composition. 

What are hemp seeds?

Hemp seeds are the small seeds harvested from the Cannabis sativa plant. These lovely little seeds are so packed with nutrients that a lot of people actually consider them a superfood; they’re a great source of protein, fiber, and omega-3. Plus you actually only need around 2-3 tablespoons to enjoy all of their amazing benefits so they're an extremely efficient source of nutrients. 

You can get hemp seeds in a couple of different ways: just plain old hemp seeds which means that they still have their shells, or sometimes they are called hemp hearts which means that they’ve had their shells removed (they’ve been hulled). The hemp seeds you will most likely come across will be the hulled variety, i.e., hemp hearts, because the shells of hemp seeds are very hard and bitter. This also means that when you buy hemp seed produce, for example, hemp milk, this will most likely have been made from shelled hemp seeds to get the very best taste. However, the shells of hemp seeds are very high in fiber, so some hemp flours and powders will be made from hemp seeds with their shells, and are great for things like baking and to thicken soups or stews. 

Health benefits of hemp seeds

Hemp seeds are bursting with tons of nutritional value, they are packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats, as well as lots of vitamins and minerals. Hemp seeds are an incredible source of plant based protein with just under 10g in every 30g serving. Not bad right! Well actually it gets even better, because the protein that you get from these tiny grains are a source of complete protein because they contain all 9 essential amino acids. 

Hemp seeds are also rich in healthy fats, like omega-3 which may help to maintain cellular health, and they are something that our bodies cannot make themselves so we can only obtain them from our diet. 

If you’re not fully convinced you need to add hemp seeds to your diet, then maybe the fact that they are a fantastic source of fiber will be the final push you need! The best way to buy hemp seeds for their fiber content is to buy them with their shells still on because this is where the majority of their fiber is, with around 2g of fiber per 30g serving. However, even if you buy hemp seeds that have been hulled you will still get around 1.2g fiber per serving so that’s still pretty amazing!

Ok and we’re almost done we promise. But as we’ve said before, hemp seeds are widely regarded as a superfood and it’s really easy to see why. As well as their high protein, omega-3, and fiber content, hemp seeds are also rich in magnesium, iron, calcium, vitamin E, and phosphorus. Wowza!

How to use hemp seeds

Alright so now you’re convinced that you need to go and buy hemp seeds as soon as possible, but you’re not sure how you’re going to use them. Fear not, we are here to help! Here are a few of our favorite ways of incorporating hemp seeds into your everyday diet. 

We love the slightly sweet, nutty flavor of hemp seeds, but we understand that they might not be for everyone. One of our top tips for including hemp seeds in your diet, even if you’re not sure you will like the taste of them, is by making smoothies! Blending up hemp hearts or adding hemp flour to delicious smoothies like this spicy green smoothie, is a sneaky way of getting hemp seeds past your tastebuds! Alternatively you could try products like these Back To Nature crackers because they’re made with hemp seeds, but the mixture of other ingredients will mean that their flavor won’t be overpowering.

However, if like us you love the taste of hemp seeds you could try sprinkling them over your morning bowl of porridge, or using them to add a bit of extra crunch to your favorite salad. Why not try this yummy kale salad recipe, because in just one serving you get your daily quote of hemp seeds. Oh and it helps that it’s absolutely delicious too!

Top Hemp Seeds Brands to try

So if you’re ready to buy hemp seeds but aren’t sure which ones to go for, then you’ve come to the right place! Here are some of our favorite hemp seed products for you to try. 

Navitas - Hemp Seeds: If you want to buy hemp seeds that are high-quality, organic, and sustainable (why wouldn’t you), then Navitas hemp seeds are the perfect ones for you. Navitas is a B-corporation so you can feel happy in the knowledge that you’re buying something that’s good for the planet, local communities, and you!

Cadia - Raw Hemp Seeds: We love these raw hemp seeds produced by Cadia, and we’re pretty sure you will too. Nothing added, and only the shells gently taken away, these lovely little seeds are naturally tender and tasty, as well being versatile enough to add into most recipes. 

Navitas - Hemp Powder: If you want all of the goodness of hemp but seeds aren’t your thing then this powder is what you need. This pure, certified organic powder is perfect for blending into smoothies or using instead of flour, it’s so easy to use that the possibilities really are endless!

Manitoba Harvest - Hemp Hearts: We are firm believers that convenience is key and that’s exactly what Manitoba Harvest are here to provide. These hemp seeds are already packaged into a single serving size, so they’re perfect to take with you as a quick, nutritious snack. Top snacking tip: pack your favorite vegan yogurt too, and sprinkle these lovely little seeds on top. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do hemp seeds treat anxiety?

Hemp seeds do not specifically treat anxiety, but they are rich in magnesium which is thought to possibly help to block certain neurotransmitters that may be linked to anxiety and stress. Hemp seeds are also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which have also been linked to decreased anxiety. However, if you are suffering from anxiety or stress it’s always best to seek the advice of a medical professional rather than attempting to deal with the symptoms alone.

Can I eat hemp seeds daily?

Absolutely! Hemp seeds are considered to be a superfood by many people because of their incredible nutrient density, especially given their size! You only need a very small amount of hemp seeds in your diet every day to reap their rewards, 2-3 tablespoons should be sufficient. It’s important not to eat too many spoons of hemp seeds on a daily basis, because although the fats they contain are healthy it’s still not advisable to overdo it. 

Does eating hemp seeds increase cholesterol?

Nope! In fact hemp seeds are believed to be more likely to help lower cholesterol levels than they are to increase it. Hemp seeds contain around 70% of your recommended daily intake of magnesium, which may be good for heart health. Hemp seeds are also a great source of omega-3, which has been linked to increased levels of high density lipo-proteins, which are also known as ‘good cholesterol’ because they absorb cholesterol and take it to the liver to be flushed out of the body. 

Do hemp seeds contain CBD?

No! Although hemp seeds and CBD come from the same plant (the Cannabis Sativa), they come from different parts of the plants which means they have totally different properties. CBD comes from the stalks, flowers, and leaves of the plant whereas hemp seeds are the seeds of the plant. Some CBD products do contain small amounts of the psychoactive compound THC, which is why it is sometimes used medicinally. However, hemp seeds do not contain any THC so you will not experience the same effects.

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