Find out what nutrients are in hemp seeds, and how healthy they really are!
The seeds of a hemp plant are without a doubt nutritious. In fact, hemp seeds' nutrition numbers suggest that they reign supreme in some categories (hello, high protein and low carb) compared to other seeds, and some tree nuts. But also, the research on the nutritional benefits of hemp is still in its infancy—in part because of hemp’s 75-plus year exile from growing in the U.S.
That said, here’s a closer look at just how healthy and nutritious hemp seeds are.
Nutrition Facts: What’s in a Serving of Hemp Seeds?
Here’s what you’ll find in a 3 Tablespoon serving, or 30 grams, or about 1 ounce:
- Calories: 166
- Protein: 9g
- Fat: 15g
- Saturated fat: 1g
- Unsaturated fat: 13g
- Carbohydrate: 3g
- Sugars: 1g
- Fiber: 1g
- Sodium: 2mg
Nutritionally, hemp seeds don’t differ all that much from a serving of nuts, And compared to chia and flax seeds, hemp seeds have more protein and fewer carbohydrates making hemp seeds a great nutrition source.
You’ll also get 40 percent of your daily recommendation of phosphorus, 27 percent of your daily zinc, and 13 percent of your recommended dose for iron in a 3 Tablespoon serving of hemp seeds.
Hemp Seeds Nutrition
Hemp seeds are made up of more than 30 percent healthy fats which are essential to good health and fitness.
Most notable, however, are hemp seeds’ heart- and brain-healthy omega-3 fat (linolenic acid, ALA) and omega-6 fat (linoleic acid, LA). Plus, the ratio of these two fats in hemp seed—between 2:1 (LA:ALA) and 3:1—is ideal for a healthy diet., One type of omega-6 fat hempseed delivers is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which helps tamp down inflammation in the body.
A complete protein.
Whole hemp-seeds are not only nutritious, but contain 25 to 30 percent protein.
Three tablespoons delivers 9 grams of protein, as well as all of the so-called essential amino acids that our bodies must get from food because we can’t make them. Also, hemp protein is easy to digest, thus the human body can use it more effectively. It’s comparable to casein, a protein in dairy products, and the protein in beans.
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