What is hemp anyways?

Go into the grocery store and take a walk down the organic isle. I bet you’ll find a few products you’d never consider trying before… or is that just me?

Up until this past year, I had never considered hemp plants as a food group. But it is, and there’s even multiple uses for it. From clothing, textiles, construction material, and fuel. However, it’s most known for is health benefits.

Hemp seeds are considered to be one of those “super seeds” that health experts talk about. It has omega, protein, magnesium, fibre, iron, zinc, phosphorous, and ten amino acids. So what does that mean? Basically, it’s really good for you.

If you’re looking to incorporate hemp seeds into your diet, Hemp Hearts are the way to go. They’re convenient and versatile. Manitoba Harvest recommends you sprinkle the hearts on yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, or in salads.

Mike Carriere, owner of Hempyrean at the Forks, gave me a handful of Hemp Seeds to try.

They have a similar taste to sunflower seeds or pine nuts. He recommends eating them from the palm of your hands, snacking on them like candy.

Georgia Fox, a 21-year-old vegetarian, use to put them in her smoothies for added protein.

“I’m too lazy to grab for them [now], but maybe I should start again,” said Fox.

If the hearts don’t seem like your thing then there is also hemp oil, hemp protein powder, and even hemp milk.

As an added bonus, the hemp grown by Manitoba Harvest is Certified Organic and Non-gmo verified.





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