Originating in Central Asia, hemp (not to be confused with its cousin, Cannabis Indica!) has been used for 8000 years for its seeds and fibres. The Romans loved to eat the seeds covered with honey as sweets. Today, hemp seeds are consumed as flour, oil, beer and many other products.
Within these little black seeds is a nutritional treasure:
Omega 3. These are “essential” fatty acids that our bodies cannot produce by themselves, so we need to include them in our diet. The Omega 6/Omega 3 ratio in hemp is 5/1, so fairly close to the proportions recommended for human health (4/1) while our diet can often contain up to 20/1. In this way, consuming products made from hemp seeds can help re-balance our intake of essential fatty acids.
What does Omega 3 do?
These fatty acids are a part of many very important physiological processes: they are used throughout your life to build and maintain cell walls, maintain cardiovascular functions, help your brain and hormone systems and more.
Our diet may provide us with plenty of Omega 6 (which is found in sunflower, corn and grapeseed oil), it does not contain as much Omega 3 and many of us even suffer from an Omega 3 deficiency. This is why it is so important to eat foods which contain these fatty acids, such as oily fish which you should eat twice a week (salmon, sardines, tuna, halibut, herring); certain vegetable oils should be eaten daily, especially rapeseed, walnut, linseed, soy, hemp (1), (2) or wheat germ, which should be eaten raw or minimally cooked. In addition, other products are good sources too: walnuts, Sojade Hemp Délice desserts, linseed and chia seeds…
Did you know?
In the 17th Century, hemp was produced in Noyal-sur-Vilaine (the town in France where Sojade is produced) to manufacture canvas to be used to make boat sails. These canvases were called … « noyales » ! It is said that Christopher Colombus’boat was equipped with « noyales » sails when he discovered America !
We do eat foods rich in Omega 3 (unsaturated fats in general) on a daily basis. Just to bring a few examples: we make a smoothy based on avocado and add hemp powder to it, accompanied by other ingredients (this will be a topic of another article), we thicken some dishes with hemp powder (eg. sauces), add grounded flaxseed to the smoothy and to the low fat cottage cheese; we simply snack with walnuts and other nuts, add sunflower seeds to our salads, etc...
You can find a range of products with hemp or those containing Omega 3 and 6 in general. Just type `hemp` or `omega 3` or even `fat` in the search bottom in our shop.
Eat healthily! And let us know how you use hemp.