Ok they aren’t actually secrets, but hemp seeds are definitely one of those ingredients that you might have heard are good for ya, but never really knew why. The health benefits of these nutrient-dense seeds (fun fact, they are technically nuts!) make up a long list of reasons for why we might all benefit from making them a more regular part of our diet! And we’ve made it even easier for you snack on this power ingredient because, in addition to our Hemp, Sunflower, Pumpkin Seed bar, you can also find them in our Chocolate Mint Walnut and Almond Apricot Vanilla bars!
Here are just a few of the many reasons why hemp lives up to its hype.
1. Healthy Fat and Essential Fatty Acids
Hemp seeds contain over 30% fat, two of them being linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). These two essential fatty acids are not created by the body and must be supplemented via the diet. They are necessary for many of the body’s growth and repair processes and are precursors to many substances in the body needed for regulating blood pressure and inflammatory responses!
2. Complete Protein Source
This one is my personal favorite. Hemp seeds are, on their own, a complete protein source! This is rare for a lot of plant-based ingredients as they typically lack one or more amino acids to complete the chain. Hemp seeds, however, comprise all of the necessary aminos! Just 2-3 tablespoons provide about 11 grams of protein! A little goes a long way with these guys.
3. May Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease
Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in America, so anytime we hear about something that may reduce our risk, we are interested! Hemp seeds contain an amino acid called Arginine, which produces nitric oxide in our bodies. Nitric Oxide is a gas that makes our blood vessels dilate and relax which, in turn, lowers blood pressure. Studies are now showing that an increased intake of arginine are resulting in decreased levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). This is really good news, because higher levels of CRP in the body are associated with heart disease. No thank you!
4. Digestion Aid
Hemp seeds are a fantastic source of both soluble (20%) and insoluble fiber (80%). Soluble fiber forms a soft, gel-like substance in your gut. It promotes beneficial digestive bacteria and also helps to reduce spikes in blood sugar. Insoluble fiber helps pass food through your gut and has been linked with a reduced risk in diabetes.
We truly are what we eat! Choosing ingredients that allow our bodies to function optimally, while also protecting us from disease is what we are all about. Our fuel should always be Real Food and we’ve got you guys covered on that front!