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Superfood Snapshot: Hemp

The Basics

Hemp is an extremely sustainable and highly nutritious plant. It’s easily cultivated, requires less water than other crops, and replenishes the soil with nutrients and nitrogen. In addition to being sustainable, hemp is a versatile crop that can be used in building materials, textiles, bio-plastics, auto parts and more.

Hemp is considered a superfood because it is densely nutritious. Hempseeds (or hemp hearts) are more easily digested than ground flax seed and contain more essential fatty acids than any other nut or seed. The hempseed is also packed with protein, magnesium and all 20 amino acids. When raw shelled hemp seeds are cold-pressed, the result is hemp oil—a raw, vegan oil that offers the optimal 1:3 ratio of Omega-3 & 6 essential fatty acids.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to worry about failing a drug test after consuming hemp foods—the levels of THC are barely measurable. The marijuana and hemp plants are related, but hemp foods will not cause a psychoactive effect.

Nutiva Organic Hempseed + Hemp Oil

Using It At Home

Similar to the flavor of a pine nut, hempseed is delicious when sprinkled on salad and yogurt or blended in hummus, pesto, smoothies, or salad dressings. You can even make homemade vegan hemp milk by blending hempseed, water and vanilla extract together. If you don’t have time to make a meal, snack on hempseed right from the bag!

Hempseed Pesto

Looking for an easy way to increase your Omega-3 & 6 intake? Add a couple tablespoons of hemp oil to your morning smoothie, or use it in vegetable and pasta dishes. For a simple and healthy salad dressing combine hemp oil, olive oil, lemon and spices, and enjoy this delicious addition to your salad. The antioxidants in hemp oil not only make it a great for culinary purposes, but also a great treatment for your skin! Treat your skin to a homemade hemp facial to clarify and detoxify your pores, or use alone as a moisturizer.

Body Care

Why We Love It

Known as the world’s most sustainable plant, hemp is great for the environment and for your health. With the help of hemp, you can easily create nutritious and satisfying recipes that can help increase your protein, mineral and essential fatty acid intake.

What’s your favorite way to use hemp?

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  1. Beverlee Groff says:

    My husband and I use your hemp seed daily. However, I was looking at the hemp protein. For the same amount
    30 grams, the protein has almost half as many calories and the fat % goes from 22% to 5%. Can you tell me how the hemp protein is made? If you only used hemp seeds gram for gram, I would expect the nutritional values to stay the same.
    Thank you.

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi Beverlee! Our organic hemp protein powders are made with whole, raw hemp seeds that have had the oil expeller pressed from them. This process removes about 90% of the oil content out of the seeds. The resulting seed cake is then cold milled and sifted to varying degrees to make hemp protein powder with the two different levels of fiber and protein, our Organic Hemp Protein 15g and Organic Hemp Protein Hi Fiber. Hope this information helps!

      1. Shobha says:

        Why is the fat taken out of hemp seeds and sold. Do you sell hemp seeds that do have any fat removed. I buy hemp seeds from Costco that has 16gms of fat per serving

        1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

          Hi Shobha,
          We simply remove the seeds’ hard shells, yielding a 100% raw culinary product that tastes like pine nuts. Enjoy straight out of the bag or sprinkle on your favorite foods.

  2. Karen says:

    Hi, Do you have any ideas for taking Hemp Protein Hi Fiber not in liquid? I was thinking about putting it in oatmeal or apple sauce, but was wondering if you had any recipes. This is for someone who really likes the product, but needs to restrict their fluids, so taking it in water or juices isn’t always possible.

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi, Karen! You could try it in a bowl like this -> You could also mix it with applesauce, per your suggestion. Finally, here are several recipes using hemp -> Hope that helps!

  3. Doreen says:

    Is this product an industrial grade???? There is alot of hoopla circulating the web about the benefits of CBD in hemp oil.

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Nutiva Organic hemp seed oil is cold expeller pressed without use of chemicals, preservatives or additives from whole, raw hemp seed. It is food-grade and therefore not a cannabis extract made from the leaves and flowers; but rather a vegetable oil pressed from the seed.
      For this reason, hemp oil and hemp foods are not a source of CBD or THC.

  4. Am all for organic for my bird and me.

  5. Liz Bloemen says:

    Hi, This is all new to me… that said, does Hemp Seeds need to be cooked before eating?

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      No, not at all. We love hemp seeds raw!

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