Hemp – is it just a load of old rope?

August 16, 2019 6:31 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When we think of hemp, many of us think of rope-making. Hemp is a particularly fibrous plant; its fibres are easily extracted and twisted together to make strong rope. But that’s not the sort of hemp we sell at Naturally Good Food of course! We’re interested mostly in the varieties you can eat.

What's hemp good for?

Some people think of hemp as a pretty new ‘health’ product. In fact, it’s one of the first plants that humans ever domesticated – and even today is used for a dizzying variety of purposes, including in plastics, construction and as a bio-fuel. It’s a particularly environmentally friendly crop: it removes huge quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; regenerates the soil through decomposing leaf matter; forms strong root networks, preventing soil erosion; requires no pesticides or herbicides – and very little water – to grow; and can absorb harmful toxins from the soil. If you’d like to know more, check out the Good Hemp website here.

Equally important for us at Naturally Good Food are the health benefits of hemp. Hemp seed, for example, contains all of the known amino acids, including the essential amino acids that adult humans cannot produce. That makes it as close to a complete protein as it’s possible to get – certainly more complete than milk, meat or eggs. Research indicates that eating hemp regularly will help to boost your immunity levels and energy, lower ‘bad cholesterol’ and blood pressure, improve overall cardiovascular function, alleviate the symptoms of arthritis, and treat skin and hair conditions.

Our hemp products

Naturally Good Food stock a great range of organic hemp products. We have seeds in packs starting from 250g, up to bulk packs of 15kg (including in hulled form). These seeds have a nutty taste and produce a really satisfying crunch! They contain healthy amounts of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. You can eat hemp seeds raw, sprinkling them over cereal, porridge or yoghurt. You can also add them, whole or ground, to a pancake, muffin or flapjack mix (and we like them very much in Plamil’s Dark Chocolate Hempseed bar!).

If you don’t fancy grinding the seeds yourself, why not try ready-ground hemp flour (and hemp protein powder, which can be used in a similar manner)? The protein powder, with the natural oil removed, mixes easily and smoothly into hot or cold drinks or smoothies. It’s great for vegans and vegetarians looking for plant-based protein, and for athletes needing to build muscle mass and repair overstretched tissues.

We’re also pleased to stock hemp milk, which is creamy and nutty and thought by some to be easier to digest than soya milk. There’s also hemp butter: try the hemp and linseed raw butter from Carley’s, or simply the plain raw hemp butter, as a substitute for peanut butter. (If you’re still not convinced, try the hemp seed and chocolate spread!)

Hemp oil, meanwhile, is fantastically rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are vital for good health. Many people today are deficient in these acids, due to a high consumption of processed foods and meat. Note that you don’t use hemp oil to cook with – rather add it as a flavour enhancer, to salad dressing, mayonnaise, or dips – it’s got a nice, nutty flavour.

Finally, we sell hemp in various body products, including hemp soap from Faith in Nature and Hemp and Meadowfoam shampoo and conditioner. In this form, hemp is thought to have great benefits for skin and hair, evening out skin problems and helping to give hair a good, thick gloss. Why not give it a try and see if it works for you?

Hemp might be good for rope-making, but it’s by no means a load of old rope! This product is tasty, nutritious and environmentally sound – about as good as it gets, in our book. Take a look at all of our amazing hemp products here.

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