A handy article from the Queensland health advisory has this useful table breaking down hemp seed based foods.
Hemp Seed Table
Hemp seeds are rich in beneficial nutrients such as iron, phosphorus, magnesium (Big one!) and manganese. Hemp seeds contain antioxidants called terpenes, that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic properties.
Most importantly, hemp seeds contain a wealth of beneficial dietary fats such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. This makes hemp seeds a fantastic option for vegetarians or vegans seeking the benefits of omega-3/omega-6’s without eating fish. As we are unable to create essential fatty acids on our own, they must be added in to our diet, making hemp seeds a quick way to get our daily intake.
Not only does hemp seed contain EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids), they are also a viable source of protein.
“Hemp seeds are well recognized as a rich protein source, second only to soybeans in plant-based protein content. Hemp protein may be superior to soybean protein because it doesn’t contain the trypsin inhibitors that reduce protein absorption. Furthermore, because hemp seeds don’t contain oligosaccharides, they may increase digestibility when compared with soy products.Studies including research on hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, and hemp protein isolate have found that hemp seed protein is rich in proteins albumin and edestin, both rich in essential amino acids” (Hultin MS, RDN, CSO, 2018).
There is still quite a bit of research left to be done, however based on what we know about the nutrients in the hemp seed it is no surprise if it has the potential to be beneficial to our overall health.
Please add to this, if you know more things about hemp seed and would like to expand on what I’ve written!