Hemp: The Latest Superfood

Many of us know that you can wear clothes made of hemp but now you can eat it, too. Hemp joins acai, chia and cacao as a new superfood which packs a powerful nutrition punch.

Hemp is rich in protein, fibre and good fats and has a pleasant mild, earthy and nutty flavour. Frewville and Pasadena stores stock a selection of good quality hemp products from tasty spreads to lunchbox snacks, tea, a milk alternative and cold-pressed oil.

Hemp products have only recently started appearing on store shelves. Hemp food products were only approved for commercial sale in Australia in November 2017 following changes to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Hemp seeds are a high source of whole vegetable protein which is great if you are vegan, vegetarian or looking to lower your meat intake.

Hemp food products on offer at Frewville and Pasadena include:

*The Health Food Guys in Byron Bay makes a tasty cacao and hemp or maple and hemp spreads and a hemp butter which they say contains more protein per gram than beef. Hemp butter is quite versatile and can be added to sweet or savoury meals, smoothies or toast.

*Manitoba Harvest from Canada makes a range of hemp snacks in a variety of flavours. There are sweet and savoury Hemp Heart Toppers to sprinkle on salad, soup, eggs, yoghurt, fruit, or oatmeal; Hemp Hearts (shelled hemp seeds) which are great for smoothies and Hemp Heart Bites made with hemp, organic sweeteners and sea salt which are a healthy snack for your lunch box or gym bag.

*Hemple extra virgin hempseed oil from Australia is unrefined and cold pressed with a nutty, buttery flavour. The raw superfood oil can be used in salad dressings, dips, smoothies, pasta sauces, soups and baking.

*Ecomil is a European brand which makes an organic, sugar-free hemp drink in a tetra pack. It is a creamy, milk-like drink aimed at the dairy-free market. It contains no lactose and gluten and is made with hemp seeds.

*Australian Primary Hemp uses 100 per cent Australian owned and grown
hemp sourced from our farmers around Australia. We aim to provide for a range of products including hemp seeds. The fibre is great for gut health as it feeds the correct probiotics into your stomach and keeps your gastrointestinal system regular. This can help improve your immune system, cardiovascular health and blood pressure.

*Pressed Purity hemp seed oil has been dubbed ‘natures most perfectly balanced oil’, due to the fact it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 (linoleic) to Omega 3 (alpha-linoleic) essential fatty acids, determined to be the optimum requirement for long term healthy human nutrition. In addition, it also contains smaller amounts of 3 other polyunsaturated fatty acids in gammalinolenic acid (GLA), Oleic acid and stearidonic acid.

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