Nutritionist Jane McClenaghan at Vital Nutrition discusses the benefits of adding milled hemp to your diet.
Milled Hemp Seed is a new addition to the Linwoods range, so let’s take a closer look to learn more about the benefits of adding hemp seed to our diets.
Hemp seed provides all the essential amino acids
Hemp seed is one of the few plant foods that contain all the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. These essential amino acids cannot be made by our bodies, so we need to get them through our diet. They are the building blocks for proteins in our bodies, so every cell, organ and enzyme depends on getting enough through the food we eat.
Vegan and plant-based diets are often low in the amino acid lysine, predominantly found in animal-based foods. The good news is that adding hemp seed to a plant-based diet provides a decent lysine intake and contributes all nine essential amino acids.
A 25g serving of Linwoods MultiBoost milled hemp seed will add 7g protein to your day. This is the equivalent of 28g per 100g, so if you want to add a little pop of protein to your smoothies, breakfast toppers or salads, hemp seed would be a great option, especially if you follow a vegan diet.
Hemp is a great source of fibre
We are recommended to get at least 30g of fibre into our daily diet, but most people struggle to get anywhere near this. Getting into the habit of adding a 25g serving of hemp seed will contribute 5g fibre to your day. It is a balance of both soluble and insoluble fibre.
Hemp seed is packed with healthy fats
Milled hemp seed contains a good balance of plant-based omega 3 and omega 6 fats, which is important for cardiovascular health and circulation. Studies vary, but it seems that hemp seed oil’s omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is somewhere between 2:1 and 3:1, which is optimal for human health.
Milled Hemp seed also contains GLA, an essential fat often used as a supplement in the form of borage oil or evening primrose oil to help alleviate symptoms of PMS.
Hemp seed is a great source of minerals
Milled Hemp Seed is a great way to top up your mineral levels. A 25g serving will provide you with 32% of your recommended intake for copper, 18% of your required iron levels, 35% of your daily magnesium needs, 102% of your manganese requirements, 36% of your required phosphorus and 17% of your daily zinc needs. How’s that for packing a punch?
This is a great way to add a little health boost to your day. The benefits of adding milled hemp seed to your daily diet may include:
- Regulating appetite thanks to the high protein and fibre content
- The healthy balance of essential fats is thought to benefit cardiovascular health factors, including blood pressure triglycerides balance and cholesterol levels
- May help with PMS
- A great source of both soluble and insoluble fibre for digestive health
- It contributes minerals that are essential for strong skin, hair and nails
Linwoods new multi-boost milled hemp seed is a lovely way to add more protein to your daily diet. Its mild nutty flavour is lovely added as a topper to your regular breakfast, stirred into yoghurt as a snack, or added to your favourite protein-based smoothie.