We hear about Hemp and Veganism every where nowadays.
New articles and research about the benefits of whole plant base food, can be found in industrial quantities, on the web. People are finally waking up and trying as best as they can to take care of them self better. I am happy to see that change happening in the world.
Research about hemp and the development of new technologies using Hemp are also booming, because of the recent legalization of cannabis in Canada and the growing number of state making it legal too.
It seems like it is on everybodies mind. Why is the Hemp plant so loved around the vegetarian/vegan communities, what can it do for you, how can it complete a Vegan lifestyle and how can it help the survival of our planet?
1. So easy and accessible
Adding Hemp to your diet is such an easy thing. A lot of new products are already at your disposal in regular grocery stores. The most common form of nutritional hemp are the seeds. They are called hemp heart.
Hemp hearts can be added to any dish. They have a light nutty taste and they add a nice texture and color to your plate.
You can make hemp milk very easily from the seeds too.
Lastly more and more people are going crazy for the hemp protein powders flooding the market.
Keep and eye open because we can assure you that a lot more derivative are on their way to your supermarket shelves.
On the plus side, it is also very simple to find natural and organic products made from Hemp.
2. Get all your essential nutrients
Hemp is wonderful source of nutrient. As mentioned earlier the seeds are easy to find, but they also hold an amazing number of goodies for you.
- Stearidonic acid (SDA)
- Omega-6 Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)*
Because of the high amount of nutrients they contain, they are definitely a super seed like chia and flax. Moreover, they provide a higher percentage of protein, omegas and carbs than Flax or Chia.
They also are an exceptional source of magnesium which helps regulate blood pressure and blood sugar.
Further, Hemp seeds high concentration of omega-6 (GLA) is proven to help with cholesterol, inflammation, skin and hair health, balancing hormones, and your general health.
The Hemp seed can also help with forming the structures of cell membranes because of the Omega-3 they provide.
3. Get you protein
We all know about this annoying stigma: Vegans are not getting enough proteins. First of all there are an abundant number of ways you can obtain your daily dose of proteins with a Vegan diet. People shouldn’t be worried for you. Chickpeas, Tempe, Tofu, lentils and so many more are all great sources of vegan proteins.
Beside you can easily access those proteins with Hemp seeds too! Those seeds deliver 5.3 grammes of proteins per tablespoon.
Proteins are made of smaller cells called amino acids. To make a protein our bodies combine 20 of these acids. The order and types of amino acids combination will determine the proteins structure and its function.
Hemps seeds contribute all 20 amino acids our body needs, including 9 that our body can not make on its own and needs to gather in our food.
4. Anti-Oxidative Power
Protect your body with this amazing antioxidant. Hemp seeds are a great source of Vitamin E.
Vitamin E is considered one of the most powerful antioxidants. The amount you get in 1 to 2 tablespoon meets your daily requirement of that super vitamin.
Notably, Hemp seeds enclose Tocopherol, a component of Vitamin E, which has antioxidant benefits for degenerative disease like the Alzheimer’s disease and Atherosclerosis.
In simpler words, Vitamin E is programmed to protect our cells membrane. Therefore, it helps to maintain our immune system health and protect us from chronic disease like heart disease or even cancer.
Additionally, anything made with Hemp contains Flavonoids. Flavonoids are fragrant phytonutrients, they are found in almost all fruits, vegetables or plants. They are strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Doctors often corelate them with prevention of cancer, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular disease.
5. Veganism and Hemp, both good for the planet
The reasons why people start a Vegan diet can vary: the health benefits it provides, the consciousness of animal cruelty, the curiosity to try something new or, for more and more people, the desire to reduce their environmental impact on our planet.
Studies made at the University of Oxford discovered that eliminating meat and dairy product from one’s alimentation has the power to reduce someone’s footprint, from food, by up to 73%.
Even better, if more and more people would eat plant base, we could assist to a drop in green house gas emission. A lower consumption of meat from our “evolved society” would also stop us from transforming wild lands in pasture, being the main cause for mass wildlife extinction today.
Veganism could be a game changer for our planet and Hemp on the other hand, is a wonderful polymorphous raw material. Someone who’s environmentally cautious will be happy to hear that Hemp, on top of its numerous usages is a wonderful healer for the soil. It can prevent the cycle disease we encounter when harvesting the same land for too long. It grows fast and need little to no pesticides.
Hemp can and will replace the fossil industry. With hemp we can make: plastics, fuel, concrete(hempcrete), fiber glass (fiber grass), textiles etc. The list goes on.
Hemp is also a magnificent air cleaner. With only one hectare of industrial Hemp we can absorb 22 tones of CO2 from the air. Considering that it grows at a very great speed, we can harvest it 2-3 times a year, making it a more efficient CO2-to-biomass converter than Agro-forestery.
Lastly, Hemp isn’t just a good thing to add in your cereal. It is profitable for our planet as well. It holds de secret of longevity for us and our home the earth.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are in no way intended to treat or diagnose any physical ailment or disease. Please consult your Doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your diet. Most workplace and competitive sports drug screens focus on delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not screen for Cannabinol (CBD) or other legal and natural hemp-based compounds. Be advised, studies have shown that consuming hemp foods or oils can cause a positive result when screening urine and blood specimens. Therefore, if you are subject to any form of drug testing or screening. We recommended (as does the United States Armed Services) that you DO-NOT ingest CBD or hemp oil before consulting your healthcare practitioner or your drug screening testing company or employer.