The humble hemp seed packs a punch of health benefits. In medieval times, monks would eat hemp seed gruel every day. It was also used as a famine food during World War 2 for China, Australia and across Europe.
Hemp seed is now regarded as a ‘superfood’, one of the highest plant-based protein sources, containing all essential amino acids, Omega 3, 6 &9 in the right ratio optimal for human uptake, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, D, E, calcium, magnesium, potassium and is easily digested, absorbed and utilised in the body. This is very impressive considering it was peasant food for centuries!
When the seed is pressed for oil all the essential fatty acids go into the oil while the proteins and many nutrients are left in the meal. The high protein high fibre meal goes into many products like hemp protein powder and hemp flour.
Hemp is great for adding to breakfast cereals, salads, smoothies and baking or just enjoy straight.
It is not recommended to use hemp for high heat cooking as you lose the benefit of the fatty acids.
Supermarket aisles and cafes are increasingly populated with hemp products (sadly many inferior misleading products). Read the labels carefully to ensure the product is Australian grown.