Food and Nutrition

Hemp is One of the Best Plant-Based Protein Sources

| by Mitzi Dulan

When you think of hemp, any number of associations may pop into your
mind. Is protein one of them? Well, it should be, and not only that, it
should be at the top of your list! Available in many products such as
hemp milk, cereal, oil, frozen waffles, and protein powder, hemp is
also being called one of the best plant-based protein sources, and for
good reason!

Hemp seeds are nutritionally akin to flaxseeds, but the
taste is more like sunflower seeds. Their composition is 44% oil,
followed by 33% protein and 12% fiber. Most seeds contain omega 6 fatty
acids but omega 3 fatty acids are rare. Hemp seeds really are unique
among the nuts and seeds family in their composition of omega 6 to
omega 3 fatty acids, which is recommended in a ratio of 4:1. Currently,
the typical American eats these omega fatty acids in a ratio of 10:1. A
more balanced consumption of these omega fatty acids can reduce risk
for atherosclerosis, certain cancers, and other health problems.BIt is
easily digestible and offers an impressive amino acid profile similar
to complete animal sources of protein. Available in a variety of
flavors, just 2 tablespoons typically boast 11g of protein and (bonus)
14g of fiber – that’s about half of your daily fiber needs! Add it to
smoothies, oatmeal, pancake batter – it couldn’t be easier! The flavor
is mild and delightfully nutty, and the texture isn’t chalky like some
other protein powders.

With hemp, you really have nothing to lose. Here are a few of my favorites to add to your shopping list:

*Living Harvest Hemp Milk
(available in original, chocolate, and vanilla, unsweetened orginal, unsweetened vanilla!)

*Living Harvest Tempt Ice Cream

*French Meadow Hemp Tortillas

*Organic Hemp Protein Powder