Hemp hearts (also known as hemp seeds) are a tiny but incredibly nutritious superfood. They have a subtle, nutty flavor and are easy to sprinkle on things like salads, soups, cereal, or yogurt to add a boost of nutrition. Here are some reasons why they’re awesome and worth working into your diet:
•High in Protein - 3 tablespoons of hemp hearts provides 10g of protein and 170 calories. Ounce-for-ounce, that’s more protein than beef! It’s also twice the protein of flax and chia seeds.
•Omegas and Aminos - Aside from being rich in omega-3s and omega-6s, hemp hearts contain all the essential amino acids your body can’t produce, making them a complete protein...which is pretty rare for a plant-based protein.
•May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease - Large amounts of an amino acid called arginine can be found in hemp hearts. This amino produces nitric acid in your body, which leads to a relaxation of blood vessels and lowered blood pressure.
•Easy to eat - Hemp hearts are ready to eat straight out of the bag when you buy them. They don’t need to be ground like flaxseed to take advantage of the health benefits. They also don’t do the whole “outside puffs up into slime” thing that chia seeds do.