Hemp seeds’ dietary fat is primarily composed of polyunsaturated fats – or the “good fats.” Hemp seed oil’s fatty acid profile is comprised of 80% polyunsaturated fats, 11% monounsaturated fats, 9% saturated fats, and zero trans fats. The bulk of the polyunsaturated fats in hemp are omegas-3&6.
Hemp seed contains a high concentration of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are vital for good health but cannot be synthesized by our body, and so they must be consumed in the foods we eat.
Hemp seed uniquely contains naturally occurring Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Stearidonic Acid (SDA). GLA and SDA are direct metabolites of Omega-6 and Omega-3 EFAs, respectively.
Hemp seed is a source of high quality, plant based protein. Analysis of hemp protein powder has indicated that the protein content in hemp foods is not only present in high amounts, but it is also of a high quality.
Hemp protein is free of trypsin-inhibitors. Trypsin is a key enzyme that breaks down peptide bonds in proteins, enabling more efficient protein uptake in the human body. Trypsin inhibitors – which are found in other protein rich sources like soy – can cause flatulence.
Hemp seed is very high in dietary fibre. Fibre helps to keep the digestive system healthy and functioning properly. The dietary fibre found in hemp is composed primarily of insoluble fibre. This type of fibre passes through the body unchanged and causes an increase in satiety.
Hemp is inherently gluten and lactose free. Gluten is a protein found in most grains that are commonly used in cereals and baked goods. Many people allergic to gluten have a similar reaction to lactose and soy.
Hemp is a source of many essential vitamins and minerals. Hemp contains Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin, (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Vitamin B6, Folate (Vitamin B9), Vitamin E, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Copper, Iron and Zinc.