Hemp seed flour is high in protein, is a ready source of omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids and is high in fibre. Hemp seed flour has an earthy and nutty flavour, is great for grain free baking and a fantastic source of protein with all 20 known amino acids.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF HEMP SEED
Hemp flour is rich in vital nutrients such as:
- B vitamins
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Fiber (60%+ soluble/40% insoluble)
- Lignanamides (fascinating molecules that promote overall health)
- 20 Amino Acids (including all nine essentials)
What’s exciting is that many of the nutrients found in high levels in hemp flour is often on top of the list of the vitamins and minerals people tend to be most deficient in.
Take magnesium, for example – experts estimate that up to 75% of people are magnesium deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is utilized by the body in hundreds of processes and is exceedingly hard to get from the diet.
Hemp flour just happens to be one of the most magnesium-rich food sources known. Just three tablespoons of hemp seeds can supply up to 50% of your RDA for magnesium.
Zinc is another great example of how healthy hemp is. Zinc has been shown to support the immune system in a variety of studies. Additional research suggests as much as 40% of the elderly lack this critical micronutrient. Three tablespoons of hemp seeds contain as much as 31-43% of your RDA for zinc (respectively for male or female).
One of the most remarkable benefits of hemp flour comes from its fibre content. At over 60% soluble fibre, it’s near the threshold of what can be officially dubbed a ‘prebiotic.’ Soluble fibre turns into a nourishing gel in the gut that promotes a healthy gut microbiome, by feeding the good bacteria.
And then, of course, phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium are the mighty trio for dental health. Without the right balance of all three of these minerals, optimum enamel strength cannot be achieved. Hemp fibres are very durable, so it makes sense that eating it might transfer some of this structural strength to our bodies.
It’s also an exceptional complete plant-protein with all known amino acids.
Continuing the awesomeness, hemp flour provides a hefty dose of the essential fatty acids ALA and LA (omega-3 and omega-6) in their ideal 1:3 ratio for optimum health. Not only are essential fatty acids more lacking in our modern diets, but finding them together in this perfect ratio is unheard of anywhere but with hemp foods.
Hemp flour also contains a healthful fatty acid called Gamma-Linoleic Acid (GLA) that many people take for a variety of health issues (GLA supplements are usually made from Evening Primrose Oil). Also present is Stearidonic Acid which is important for boosting levels of DHA – a crucial brain and nervous system building block.
HOW TO USE HEMP FLOUR
While hemp flour does not rise and therefore is not a total replacement for all baking flours. Adding hemp flour to your regular recipe will essentially turn any plain baked good into a healing superfood. When baking, replace a quarter of the normal flour with hemp flour.
HOW TO USE HEMPSEED FLOUR
- Low carb protein bread (find recipe here).
- Almond and hemp seed crackers (find recipe here).
- Add to your smoothie for a protein boost.
- Use as a protein powder.
Suitable for all phases of the Art of Undieting.