Hemp is becoming a very hot topic as more products made from it start to hit the market. Many are saying this amazing plant is good for the planet, others say it’s an important addition to a vegan diet. Who is right? In all reality, both are right. Why? Because the plant, its fiber, shivs, and seeds all have their benefits.

One of the most common reasons given for not being on a vegan diet is that it lacks the necessary nutrition. Of course, this is the same excuse omnivores have been giving for decades. What many fail to realize is that hemp is one of the oldest plants to have been cultivated by humans. Most importantly, the seeds of the cannabis Sativa L. plant are a good addition to vegan and vegetarian diets.

Hemp Seeds as a Food Source for Vegans

Bowl of hemp seeds

Before going too far with this, let’s start out by saying these seeds (the edible part of the hemp plants) contain high concentrations of fiber, protein, and many other essential nutrients your body needs. Moreover, despite being a member of the cannabis family, hemp seeds contain virtually no THC (the psychoactive found in marijuana).

Complete Source of Amino Acids

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This form of cannabis Sativa L. is good for you in so many ways, but especially for those on a vegan diet. While many seeds contain some of the many amino acids your body needs, this is not enough. Hemp seeds are of the only seeds that are a complete source of proteins.

Your body must have these proteins for it to function properly. These amino acids help build and repair cells, regulate the neurotransmitters in the brain and nervous system.

Great Source of Lean Proteins

One of the reasons cannabis Sativa L. is good for you is that while it does contain some fats, they are of the unsaturated type. The seeds are cold-pressed, which helps remove some of these fats but leaves the protein behind. Lean proteins are good for your digestive system and help keep build a lean healthy body mass.

A Natural Metabolism Booster

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The amino acid and protein content found in hemp seeds can help boost your metabolism. As your body processes these proteins, it takes more energy. Your body gets the extra energy by increasing the rate at which it burns calories. A boost in your metabolism can help with weight loss and control.

Hemp Seeds Are Packed Full of Essential Nutrients

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It probably seems like you are getting most of the vitamins and nutrients from the foods you eat on a vegan diet. However, it may not be enough, which is another reason why hemp is good for you. The seeds contain high levels of iron, magnesium, zinc, several B vitamins, and more. You could get these from protein supplements and powders. But, why would you want to that when you can get everything you need from a natural source.

No matter what you eat, your body must be able to process it. This may be one of the biggest reasons these seeds are good for vegans and vegetarians alike. Your body can easily process the nutrients from cannabis Sativa L. seeds than those found in some vegan foods.

How Do You Use Hemp Seeds?

Hemp seeds in a bowl with scoop and jar of hemp seed oil

These seeds have a mild nutty flavor making them a versatile ingredient that can be used in many ways.

Baked Goods

Add the seeds to your favorite baked goods such as cookies, granola bars, muffins, bread, and more.

Salad Toppings

Take a tablespoon of seeds and sprinkle them on your salad. They not only add flavor but also bring a ton of nutrients to the table. Blend them into homemade salad dressings to make them richer and creamier.

Smoothies

Adding cannabis Sativa L. seeds to your favorite smoothies packs them full of nutrients. They also give them a great protein boost. The seeds add a nice creamy texture when blended in, or you can sprinkle them on top for a tasty crunch.  

How Does This Make Hemp Seeds Good for the Planet?

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Hemp plants not only produce seeds that are an excellent addition to a vegan diet, even more importantly, but the plants are also good for the planet. Because cannabis Sativa L. consumes more CO2 from the air than trees, it can help clean the air and heal our planet. These plants also remove many toxins from the soil as it grows and pulls more nutrients from deep down.

It takes far less water to grow these plants than most other crops and requires no pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. Furthermore, this crop only takes four months to go from seed to harvest, most other crops such as cotton take up to six months to reach maturity. During which time the soil they are growing in becomes contaminated with toxic chemicals. Before the farmer can plant another crop, he must work to remediate the soil by adding more chemicals to it.

From the moment the farmer plants his field until the moment you add the seeds to your favorite foods, you are doing your part to save the planet. Consequently, you are adding seeds to your diet that are healthy for you in so many ways. How can you go wrong with that?

Hemp seed muffin