Hemp seeds can help you lose weight. Too good to be true? Just read!
Who knew hemp seeds would be so high on zinc quotient! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
‘Marijuana’, the excitement surrounding this word knows no bounds. Especially in India, it is illegal to possess, consume or trade any of the three forms of marijuana i.e. ganja , charas or bhang . But, there’s an exception to this rule, which is hemp.
Hemp is that usable part of the marijuana plant, which contains a negligible amount of THC that doesn’t provoke any psychological effect.
The nutritional benefits are quite large compared to the tiny little size of the seeds. Hemp contains the longest and most durable natural fibre that helps in digestion and improves metabolism.
Let’s delve deeper into understanding how hemp seeds can help you shed kilos.
1. Hemp seeds can help you build muscle mass
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of protein as they offer nine essential amino acids. Guess what? Now you can dump your expensive protein powder and add three tablespoons of raw hemp to your smoothie instead to change things up.
It not only keeps you full but is also a great option for vegans and vegetarians out there who are looking to up their protein intake!
2. Boosts your metabolism and aids weight loss
A study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, found that fish oil along with a high-fat diet significantly reduced weight compared to a high-fat diet without fish oil. It also increased the metabolism in the intestine.
Oil extracted from hemp seeds is the secret ingredient to increase your metabolism. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Though the study was based on fish oil, it remains valid for hemp oil extracted from the hemp seed as it contains similar nutrient values that are responsible for making fish oil so healthy.
3. Provides the good fats that your body needs
Hemp seeds are rich in essential fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is an omega-3.
This largely maintains the required balance between omega-6 and omega-3s in the body. Moreover, they are low in saturated fats and contain no trans fats! Awesome, right?
4. Great for those who are on a keto diet
In three tablespoons serving of hemp seeds, there are just two grams of carbs. The mild, nutty flavour makes it the perfect thing to add to your oatmeal or toasts.
Dieters who are cutting on carbs to lose weight, hemp seeds might be your perfect pick.
Have yummy avocado toasts topped with hemp seeds. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here are simple ways to incorporate these tiny brown seeds in your everyday diet:
- Sprinkle seeds over cereal or yogurt
- Grind the seeds and add to your smoothies
- Make hemp milk at home using whole seeds, water, coconut sugar and vanilla extract. Blend together all the ingredients and you’ll get dense and rich hemp milk.
- Use hemp seed oil to make salads
- Consume them raw! You’ll love the crunch
So, make the most of these tiny seeds and reap their weight loss benefits.
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Hemp seeds have astonishing health benefits including weight loss. They are a great source of nutrition and can transform your body for good.
8 Benefits Of Hemp Seeds
No. not that kind of hemp.
You totally had a hemp necklace back in middle school. But these days, you’d probably rather eat hemp than wear it.
Yep, hemp is now a bonafide superfood: “Hemp is super-nutritious and although tiny, quite mighty,” says Amy Shapiro, R.D., founder of Real Nutrition.
To reap the benefits, Shapiro suggests adding one daily tablespoon of hempseed—also known as hemp hearts—to your diet in a variety of ways. Mix them into to your smoothie or bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. And at dinner or lunch, sprinkle them on top of your salad, grain bowl, or plate of pasta.
You can also try hemp milk—a non-dairy option made from blending hemp hearts with water. And there’s hemp oil, which Shapiro says may (bonus!) help prevent eczema flareups. Meanwhile, hemp butter—ground-up hemp hearts—makes a healthy peanut butter substitute.
“There are really no negative side effects [to consuming hemp] except if you take blood coagulants, you should increase your hemp intake slowly as it may cause bleeding risks,” says Shapiro.
And yes, hemp does come from the same family of plants as marijuana. But no, it won’t get you high—there’s a distinct difference between psychoactive and non-psychoactive forms of hemp, according to the journal Nutrition and Metabolism. In fact, hemp seeds contains less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—which is super minimal.
So no, the hemp seeds in your cereal won’t make you laugh at Pineapple Express, but they might help you enjoy a healthier life in the following ways.
1. Hemp seeds can help build muscle mass.
Skip the protein powders and add a dose of protein-rich hemp to your smoothie to change things up. Shapiro says that unlike most plant-based protein sources, hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Three tablespoons provides 10 grams of protein—the same amount as a Go Macro protein bar or three ounces of cottage cheese.
2. They can boost energy.
Hemp seeds contain a small amount of complex carbohydrates (about a gram per tablespoon), which releases glucose slowly into the bloodstream, according to The American Heart Association, and prevents that dreaded energy spike and subsequent crash.
3. They may help you lose weight.
Weight loss occurs when you expend more calories than you take in, so hemp seeds won’t singlehandedly help you shed pounds. But they might help “if it replaces fattier and richer types of proteins in the diet,” such as red meat or whole-fat dairy, says Shapiro.
She adds that consuming it in other forms may also help with weight loss. For example, hemp milk has fewer carbohydrates and sugars than regular dairy milk, and hemp protein powder is a great addition to smoothies to help control appetite.
Hemp seeds are packed with all kinds of nutrients from protein to fiber and omega-3s. Here's how you can incorporate these seeds into your diet, plus the health benefits.