Good Hemp Oil vs Flaxseed Oil
Both hemp seeds and flaxseeds are known for their health benefits, which include hearty doses of protein, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s no wonder that hemp oil and flaxseed oil (also known as linseed oil) are packed with similar natural goodness, and are a popular choice for kitchen cupboards around the world.
That being said, there are some important differences in the contest between hemp oil vs flaxseed oil and a few reasons why we think hemp oil is better. A major one for us is that while hemp seed oil has a medium smoke point (which means you can use it for gentle sautéing) flaxseed oil shouldn’t be heated at all. Here’s a breakdown of our thoughts on hemp oil vs flaxseed oil and a handy table for easy comparison. Discover the winner in this intriguing hemp oil vs flaxseed oil contest.
Hemp oil is often considered as one of the healthiest oils available, due to being rich in omega 6 & omega 3, but how does it compare to flax seed oil?
Will hemp replace fish as the king of omega-3?
By Paul Benhaim, chief executive of Hemp Foods Australia and Elixinol
21-Nov-2014 – Last updated on 06-Feb-2020 at 12:11 GMT
Hemp is a potent source of fatty acids, says Paul Benhaim
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From a nutritional standpoint, the leaves, flowers and seeds of hemp plants provide essential organic nutrition that cannot be obtained elsewhere. Interest in the oil from its flowers and seeds is at an all-time high, showing no sign of slowing down.
Hemp seeds are incredibly nutrient-dense. Besides containing arguably the highest-quality protein in concentrations that exceed that of most other food sources, hemp seeds rule the world when it comes to polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3 and 6, among others.
These are the special oils the body uses for detoxification, building brain cells, hormones, neurotransmitters and many other systems and functions in the body, not to mention resisting and reversing obesity.
As a source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, hemp seeds contain 11% more than sacha inchi seeds, 62% more than flax seeds, 96% more than chia seeds, 104% more than fish oil and 460% more than whole fish.
Relative content of polyunsaturated fatty acids by source
As decades of unjustified prohibition and persecution continue to lose their grip, hemp is rapidly regaining the popularity it held for millennia as a primary and sustainable source of life's necessities — including omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.