Hemp is used to make everything from paper and fabric to beauty products and cooking oil. Read on to find out more about this impressive, yet much-misunderstood protein-packed superfood with our guide to shelled hemp.
They are the seeds of the hemp plant
Shelled hemp are the seeds of the hemp plant. The hard outer shells or husks are removed from whole hemp seeds to reveal softer, smaller kernels. Unlike whole hemp seeds which can be bitter and coarse, shelled hemp is tender with a rich nutty flavour.
Although hemp is a species of the cannabis plant, it is grown especially for industrial use. In fact, shelled hemp contains less than 1% of the psychoactive ingredients found in related cannabis plants.
Health benefits of shelled hemp
Shelled hemp is ideal for vegan diets
Gluten-free and ideal for vegan diets, these tiny kernels are bursting with essential nutrients like protein, omega 3 fatty acids and iron. Just 100g of shelled hemp is packed with almost 35g of plant-based protein. The seeds contain all of the essential amino acids our bodies need to maintain and grow muscles and bones.
They’re an excellent source of iron
Shelled hemp is also a good source of iron with 30g containing almost a third of the iron you need each day. Iron has several important jobs in our bodies. As well as playing a part in forming red blood cells and transporting oxygen, it helps our bodies release energy and stops us feeling tired and fatigued.
They’re packed full of magnesium
Magnesium is another nutrient found in shelled hemp. Every 30g provides half of your recommended daily intake. This vital mineral helps to keep our muscles, nervous systems and metabolisms working properly. What’s more, it’s needed for healthy teeth and bones, and it also helps our bodies absorb bone-building calcium.
They’re good for cardiovascular health
They’re loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and research suggests that including shelled hemp in your diet could be beneficial for our cardiovascular health.
Supercharge your day with shelled hemp
Introducing shelled hemp into your daily meals and snacks is easy. The mild and nutty flavour goes wonderfully well with lots of different food types, while its nutrient content – shelled hemp is full of protein and iron, with 10.5g and 3g respectively per serving – means it’s a superbly healthy option that provides your body with the fatty acids and omega-6 it needs.
You could supercharge your day by sprinkling Linwoods Shelled Hemp onto your salad, adding shelled hemp pesto to your pasta or by making your own hemp milk. Whichever you decide on, you’ll be supercharging your diet, and you’ll certainly feel the health benefits without making much effort at all.
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