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Why you should give hemp a chance

There seems to be a seed revolution happening on supermarket shelves these days. Everything from breakfast cereals to granola bars to yogurts has chia and flax in them. And now, the latest super sexy seed is hemp.

It may be fairly new trend-wise, but hemp seeds actually have been around for millennia. Though it’s currently illegal to grow it in the U.S., that wasn’t always the case: George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew it.

So, why’s it banned? Hemp is related to marijuana (the two plants belong to the same genus,Cannabis Sativa), but unlike marijuana, you can’t get high on hemp. Though it contains a trace amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound in marijuana that makes you high, there isn’t anywhere near enough in hemp to get that result. Eating hemp also won’t cause you to fail a drug test (though if you’re in the U.S. Air Force, we didn’t tell you to eat it.)

Now you know what hemp doesn’t do, what’s it good for?

Nutritional Benefits

Hemp is protein-rich and it’s full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It’s a good source of fiber. And it’s loaded with minerals such as zinc and magnesium.

What do I do with it?

There are many ways to enjoy hemp seeds. Here are some of my favorites:

In smoothies, add a couple of tablespoons of hemp seeds, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds, 1 Pound

to your smoothie instead of nut butter to get the protein and fiber boost with a neutral flavor. Great for anyone with a nut allergy. It also comes in powder form
Navitas Naturals Organic Blueberry Hemp Superfood Power Snack , 8-Ounce Pouches
if you prefer that for smoothies.

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