The miracle plant that has been around for countless centuries is fast becoming known for it’s true value in the food industry, including Hemp Protein, Hemp Oil, Hemp Hearts, Hemp Milk, Protein Bars, Nut Milk and a variety of food supplements and industrial needs.
Industrial Hemp, is considered to be one of nature’s most economically viable and versatile crops on the planet. Hemp has been used for thousands of years and has over 40,000 recorded uses! Prior to 1880, it was the largest domesticated crop in the world.
Hemp is a remarkable plant with a myriad of ecological advantages. It grows quickly, 6 to 16 ft tall in 70 to 110 days, thereby shading out weeds and eliminating the need for costly herbicides. Hemp, in the growing process, pulls carbon out of the air (carbon sequestering), which enhances the quality of the air we breathe. The plants grow deep roots and when harvested, both the roots and leaves replenish the soil, making it arable year after year. Hemp is resistant to pests, obviating the use of pesticides and fungicides, and it has never been genetically modified. Every part of the plant is used: fiber, leaf and seed. One acre of hemp is equal to four acres of trees for pulpwood! Long-confused with its controversial cousin, the marijuana plant, industrial hemp was once banned and is now recognized as a legal and valuable food crop. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) is a non-issue with hemp seed foods.
When compared to any other food, industrial hemp seed clearly stands alone as the most significant nutritional food source for humans [it is one of three foods humans can live on, including bee pollen and squash].
Three distinct cultures have embraced the hemp plant as sacred. The Fakirs in India called it "BAAA;” the Hunas in Hawaii called it "HOOO;” the Lamas in Tibet called it "JAAA.”
This food does not contain enzyme inhibitors that block protein digestion, such as those found in legumes (soybeans), grains (wheat) and nuts that can cause food intolerance or allergies.
The health industry is largely made up of soy and whey protein isolate products which are quickly losing support due to their low level of assimilation/utilization rates by the body. Ninety-nine percent of soy beans are now Genetically Altered and unless fermented, cannot be digested by the human body. The rate of people becoming intolerant to soy product usage is skyrocketing and animal protein usage is quickly declining in popularity. Hemp seeds are a definitive replacement source of protein for health and sustainability.
Charles Holmes gives lectures on nutrition and is the author of Conscious Nutrition and the Essentials of Hemp.