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Friday, July 13, 2012

Hooked on Hemp!

Hemp milk,Hemp butter,Hemp oil,Hemp seeds,Hemp flour....

We ordered what we think are corn-free Hemp products last night. It is time to trial the Hemp!

The claim is that Hemp is one of the least likely to cause allergic reactions which of course caught my interest. It also is packed full of really surprising nutrition.

Food and Nutrition: (Visit the Hemp Farm to learn more neat things about Hemp!)

-Of the 3 million plus edible plants that grow on Earth, no other plant source can compare with the nutritional value of hempseeds. [lxvi]

-Hemp is edible as whole seeds, hulled seed (the hemp ‘nut’ or 'heart'), protein powder, or as oil extracted from seeds.

-It is used in salad dressings, protein bars, breads, cakes, soups, beer, butters, shakes, milk, breakfast cereals and many more food products and recipes.

-Hemp plants produce seeds that contain between 25-35% oil by weight. This non-trans-fatty-acid oil is high in a perfect balance of essential fatty acids (EFAs: Omega-3, 6, 9) considered to be necessary to maintain health. [lxviii] Hemp's EFA profile provides a healthy alternative to fish, often high in mercury and other toxins.

-Hemp's overall protein content of 35% is comparable to soybeans and is higher than that found in nuts, other seeds, meats, dairy products and fish or poultry. Hemp protein contains all of the essential amino acids in more nutritionally significant amounts and at a ratio closer to "complete" sources of protein (like meat, milk and eggs) than all other seeds except soy. [lxix]

-65% of the proteins in hemp are "edestin," which are easily digestible and act as pre-cursors to such vital body components as hormones, hemoglobin, enzymes and antibodies. Hemp's edestin structure is the highest in the plant kingdom, making it more digestible than soy and many other plant foods. [lxx]

-Hemp also contains a healthy 35% of dietary fibre, the highest of all commercial flour grains, and it is high in the natural antioxidants Vitamin E, Vitamin C and chlorophyll.[lxxi]

-The hardiness and nutritional benefits of hemp could help address many of the world’s starvation problems.[lxxii]

-Hemp should not be cooked at temperatures over 350F because at this emperature the fats are in danger of becoming "trans" and thus unhealthy. Source.

-NOT including Whole Foods Markets sales, hemp food sales in North America grew by 39% over the previous year (from August 2006 to August 2007), or by $2.1 million, to a total of $7.7 million. Based on this, it is estimated that the total retail value of hemp foods sold in this period in North America grew from $14 million (in 2006) to approximately $20 million in 2007. Source.

We tried some Hemp milk last year- we were not sold on the flavor, but we tasted it before Project Elimination, hoping that this time with our new healthier tastebuds we will like it better.

Hemp milk I am betting would be better for baking, ice cream etc. It has a more complex fat profile and more fat per serving then rice which would aid in better baking. We will have to be cautious because of Abby's limited ability to handle much fat in her diet.

Hemp oil- appears a better option then olive or grapeseed but have not compared it's value to coconut oil. I suspect both hemp and coconut have equal but different value and I also think Hemp oil might work better then coconut in some of the cooking- we will see. Though it appears to have a very low temperature threshold which would limit it's use in a lot of cooking..

Hemp flour- it appears to be protein packed and some have extra fiber added. I have been reading some substitution guides and you can sub 1/4 hemp flour. Mixed blessing- Abby still struggles with too much fiber, but we will keep an eye on that..

Hemp butter- very curious about this product! We have tried every nut and seed butter and she has had an allergic reaction to everything from sunflower to sesame.. To have a "butter" would open new cooking horizons.. but only if she takes to the taste! I read a review that it is can be some what pine nutish in flavor- hum.. I have my doubts, but it will come down to Abby's taste buds! Of course, again she will be limited on consumption because of the level of fats.. but still very hopeful!

Of course Hemp protein like Abby's rice protein can be snuck into everything :-)

There are also many lotions and soaps that are Hemp based. Clothing made from Hemp is supposed to wick moisture and breath better then even cotton and might have some anti bacterial qualities..

As you can see I am in deep with this new trial! But, if even half the claims are correct Hemp may be the new go to food in my house!

“Make the most of Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”

-George Washington, 1794


Jenna said...

How exciting! I hope she is able to tolerate it and likes the taste. Buffer would open another world of food. It is so great that she is so open to trying new foods. I look forward to hearing about your findings.

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