By Nicole Tomasa, FSHN 451, Student of the Community Nutrition Class taught by Dr. Jinan Banna, University of Hawaii, Manoa

“Will eating hempseeds make me high?” A common question that I bet many people wonder. The answer is no. Hempseeds, technically nuts, have been overlooked many years due to its link to marijuana. Although they are from the same species, they do not contain the same psychoactive effects. Hempseeds come from the hemp plant and not from the marijuana plant.

Not only do hempseeds taste wonderful, but also they are also excellent for you! They are jam-packed with high-quality protein (10 g per 3 Tbsp.). This makes them a great alternative protein source for animal products, when paired with nuts, lentils, or grains. Hempseeds come packaged with a rich blend of fiber and minerals, such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium help maintain strong bones, while potassium helps maintain a normal blood pressure. So not only are you getting protein when consuming hempseeds, you are also getting a heap of other nutrients!

Periodic bowel problems? Eat some hempseeds! Hempseeds contain fiber, that helps move food through the digestive track. Which makes you and your stomach happy! Studies have also shown that inclusion of hempseeds in your diet lowers your risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

While consuming hempseeds will not give you wings, they are one of the most nutritionally complete food sources in the world, making them a Superfood! These little gems have a mild nutty flavor, which pairs well with almost any dish. Try sprinkling some on your acai bowls, smoothies, salads…get creative!

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