What Are Hemp Hearts?

Hemp hearts are the edible, internal components of hemp seeds. Hemp hearts are a popular “complete protein” that pack diverse nutritional values, including the essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6, as well as calcium and iron minerals. Hemp hearts also contain portions of vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E. Livestrong breaks down hemp hearts as 35% fatty acids, 27 carbohydrates, mostly fiber, and 25% protein.

Nutritional Benefits

Hemp hearts can also be called “hulled hemp seeds.” The tough, crunchy exterior hull on hemp seeds are unpalatable for most modern eaters, so modern manufacturers often hull their hemp seeds to create more marketable and appealing products. Though the hull provides insoluble fiber, the hulled seeds maintain decent levels of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber slows digestion, while insoluble fiber takes cholesterol particles out of the body to lower cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease.

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Additionally, hemp hearts are an excellent source of energy. Hemp hearts’ invigorating mixture of complex carbohydrates, calories, and proteins sustains energy levels for extended periods of time. The super snack provides long-lasting energy without the inclusion of stimulants and fillers like sugar, caffeine, and saturated fats. This package of diverse nutrition is nestled into a snack about the size of a sesame seed.

Hemp hearts provide more than energy to health-conscious eaters. Those looking to lose weight utilize hemp hearts as a healthy addition to snacks between meals and to suppress their appetites. The adjustment of one’s diet to include hemp seeds can help sustain long-term weight loss and a healthy weight.

Hemp hearts’ benefits also extend to the digestive system. The seeds are a potent source of fiber, making them perfect for helping to regulate a digestive system. Hemp hearts are effective digestives and they aid the removal of waste from the body.

Recipes and Dishes

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Hemp has been an integral ingredient in countless dishes across eras. For example, toasted hemp seeds are sold as snacks worldwide, and home cooks throughout the world add hemp hearts to soups, salads, and baked goods. Some cooks use hulled hemp seeds as an alternative to soy and meat products. Ground-up seeds can also be used as a flour in pasta and breads. Modern ganjapreneurs have incorporated hemp into energy drinks, like Canna Energy and Rocky Mountain High.

Due to Hemp Heart’s myriad benefits, the seeds are incorporated into a variety of recipes. One sweet chocolate hemp pudding recipe blends cacao powder, dates, hemp hearts, and vanilla bean. For more details about the recipe and additional ideas, click here.

Try It Yourself

If you’re in the Colorado area, make sure to check out our recent round-up of where to find hemp oil throughout Denver.

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