The high nutritional value of hemp comes from its seeds. Hemp hearts are an easy-to-consume form of hemp seeds where the outer, hard shell is removed. This leaves us with a soft, chewy substance with high nutritional value.
Hemp hearts are a rich source of:
- Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
- Dietary Vitamins and Minerals
Essential Components of Hemp Hearts
Hemp hearts are a complete source of protein containing all the 9 essential amino acids required by the human body for healthy functioning. The structure of hemp protein is similar to the structure of protein manufactured in the human body. These are, therefore, easy to digest.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
De-hulled hemp seeds contain essential fatty acids omega-6 and omega-3 in the optimal ratio of 3:1. This helps reduce inflammation in the body thus helping with problems such as arthritis, eczema, and muscle pain.
The anti-inflammatory properties also help regulate the immune system. Hemp hearts also contain GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) that balances hormones in the body and keeps hypertension, heart health, and diabetes in check.
Dietary fibres present in hemp hearts regulate blood sugar levels and help maintain healthy gut bacteria. These contain both soluble and insoluble fibres and are easy for the body to process.
Minerals and Vitamins
De-hulled hemp seeds contain dietary minerals and vitamins such as zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and Vitamin E. These have strong antioxidant properties and strengthen the immune system thus helping in preventing sickness and disease.
The Heart of Hemp
Hemp hearts are literally the heart of hemp seeds with health benefits that boost the immune system and strengthen the metabolism. They are a complete source of protein, fibre, and essential nutrients.
rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins.
raw and unrefined, comes directly from the hemp seeds.
a completely plant-based product with 0 additives.
with a crisp and nutty taste.
#bhaangkatadka | Hemp Heart Recipes
Dry Fruit Cereal
- Add oats and/or cereal and dry fruits of your choice to a bowl.
- Add 150ml of cold milk and sugar/jaggery as per taste.
- Sprinkle hemp hearts on top.
- Enjoy a protein-powered breakfast!
- In a blender, mix fruits of your choice.
- Add oats or dry fruits (optional) and 25ml of milk.
- Add 2 tablespoons of hemp hearts.
- Blend until smooth. Add ice cubes as per taste!
- In a bowl, add onion, cucumber, bell pepper, and other veggies of your choice.
- Add 100g of sautéed chicken.
- Add 1 lime juice. Top with salt and pepper as per taste.
- Sprinkle hemp hearts on top!
A look down on how hemp seeds compare to flax and chia seeds.
Hemp hearts are raw de-shelled hemp seeds. They do not contain any additional ingredients.
Add 2 tablespoons of hemp hearts to:
- Shakes and Smoothies
- Oats and Porridge
- Cakes and Cookies
- Paranthas and Pancakes
Unless directed otherwise by a physician, use 20-30g per day.
Store in a cool, dry place away from heat and light.
Possible Side Effects
The high fat content may cause indigestion and diarrhoea as a result. Staying well-hydrated helps manage this symptom.
Hemp Hearts (Seeds) FAQs
What are hemp hearts?
Hemp hearts are seeds of hemp with the outer shell removed.
Do hemp hearts contain CBD?
No. Hemp hearts come from the seeds of the hemp plant and do not contain CBD or any other cannabinoid.
Are hemp seeds legal?
Yes. Hemp seeds do not contain any cannabinoids. Therefore, there is no issue of the legality of hemp seeds.
What is the difference between hemp seeds and hearts?
Hemp seeds are the raw seeds of the hemp plant. They have a hard outer shell with an earthy taste. In the case of hemp hearts, the outer shell is removed. These have a soft texture with a nutty taste.
Can you get high from hemp hearts?
No. Hemp hearts do not contain THC, or any other cannabinoid and do not cause an intoxicating effect.
Which is better: chia or hemp seeds?
Hemp and chia seeds contain different amounts of dietary minerals and fibres. Hemp seeds have more protein than chia seeds. While both contain a good amount of healthy fats, chia seeds have a higher amount of omega-3 and fibre.
What are the benefits of hemp hearts?
Hemp hearts are a great source of protein, essential fatty acids, fibre, and dietary vitamins and minerals. They are rich in magnesium which helps regulate heartbeat and keeps heart health in check. The presence of essential fatty acids give them anti-inflammatory properties. These also contain GLA which helps with hypertension and diabetes.
Are hemp hearts good for weight loss?
De-hulled hemp seeds are rich in fibre and naturally suppress appetite. The protein keeps you feeling full for a longer time thus reducing food and sweets cravings.
Do hemp hearts make you poop?
The high levels of fibre which smoothens the functioning of the gut. The protein in hemp seeds cleanses the colon thus detoxifying the digestive system.
Can hemp seeds make you sleepy?
No. Hemp seeds do not THC, CBD, or any other cannabinoid and thus do not make you feel sleepy.
How much hemp hearts should I eat daily?
Unless directed otherwise by your doctor, a 20-30g serving of daily adds adequate nutrition to your diet.
How long do hemp hearts last?
Hemp hearts have a shelf life of 10-12 months without refrigeration.
Are hemp hearts easy to digest?
Yes. The protein present in hemp seeds is similar to the protein present in the human body and is therefore easy to break down and digest. Hemp hearts smoothen the functioning of the digestive system enabling water and waste to pass through the gut easily.
Do you need to refrigerate hemp hearts?
No. Hemp hearts do not need to be refrigerated. They last for up to 1 year without refrigeration. However, if the atmosphere has excess moisture or humidity, refrigeration is recommended to avoid hemp hearts from becoming soggy.
What happens if you don’t refrigerate hemp hearts?
Excessive heat can destroy the omegas and fibre. Therefore, if the option is available and convenient, they should be refrigerated.
Do hemp seeds help inflammation?
Yes. The presence of essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 in hemp seeds help reduce inflammation in the body, helping with problems such as muscle pain and eczema.
How do I cook hemp hearts?
Hemp hearts are good to eat in their raw form and do not need to be cooked. You can, however, dry roast them to enhance the nutty flavour.
Are hemp hearts good for gastritis?
Hemp seeds are naturally alkaline, low in carbohydrates with good amounts of healthy fat. They, therefore, suppress the acid in the stomach and help relieve acid reflux.
Do hemp hearts with stomach inflammation?
Yes. The high amount of omega-3 & 6, GLA, and fibre helps reduce inflammation in the stomach, cleansing the colon, and smoothening the functioning of the digestive tract.
Should I eat hemp seeds with shell?
You can eat hemp seeds with or without the shell. The outer shell slightly influences the taste of hemp seeds without compromising on its nutritional benefits. With the outer shell, hemp seeds give an earthy flavour whereas without the outer shell, they have a nutty flavour.