Presented by the Aging and Disability Resource Center
The seed of the cannabis sativa, or hemp plant, hemp seeds are one of the biggest nutrition trends of 2019 & 2020. Although related to cannabix, hemp seed is not psycho-active and does not contain the THC, the active drug found in hemp leaf.
For the last half of the century, hemp production and processing has been illegal in the U.S. until 2018 when Hemp Farming Act was passed. This bill removed the hemp plant, along with its seeds and derivatives from the Controlled Substances Act. In the last two years, hemp farms have exploded across the states as farmers see potential in hemp sales.
A rich source of nutrients, hemp seed can be eaten raw, ground into hemp meal, sprouted, or made into a powder. Hemp seed can also be processed into a liquid such as hemp milk or tea.
A serving-size of hemp seed is two tablespoons; offering two grams fiber, five grams of protein, 300 mg of potassium, 15% of daily Vitamin A needs, and 25% of daily iron needs. Hemp seeds are considered a nutrient-dense food. One of the greatest benefits of hemp seed is their high omega-3 and omega-6 content which benefits cardiovascular health and fights inflammation in the body.
Typically found in the health food or nut section of your local grocery store, hemp seeds are fairly affordable and make a delicious addition to oatmeal, cereal, smoothies, and desserts.
Join us in February for our monthly Beneficial Bites educational session to try some healthy recipes and experiment with this trendy seed!
These presentations are open to all ages and are free to attend. Times, locations and dates can be found in the Barron County Review Newspaper, by calling the ADRC at 715-537-6225, or by visiting their website at adrcconnections.org