Hemp Seeds – PlantX UK

Hemp seeds are derived from the cannabis plant and are technically considered a nut. While hemp is technically a variation of the cannabis plant, it does not provide the same “side effects” the latter is known for. So confidently munch away on your hemp seeds whenever you please.

While you can eat raw hemp seeds on its own, it’s not that common.They are often used as an ingredient. It’s not like your everyday cashews or peanuts that often stand alone and are eaten as snacks.

Organic hemp seeds can add taste and texture to your dishes. For breakfast, try sprinkling some on your cereal or oatmeal for some extra crunch. For savoury meals that can benefit from a little nuttiness, add hemp seeds in!

As a baking ingredient, hemp seeds taste great when added to bread. Other baked goods like bars can also work! They are the perfect ingredient for both sweet and savoury creations.

If you really want a delicious weekend project, get some hemp seeds to make your own hemp milk! Yep, that’s one way they can be used. Other food by-products of hemp seeds are oil and cheese substitutes.

You can buy hemp seeds online that have been hulled or shelled - and we have both here at PlantX! 

Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are more than a delicious snack or crunchy ingredient. They are also very nutritious! There’s actually some good research to back up why they are great, healthy snacks - let’s talk about a few here.

As mentioned before, the hemp plant is connected to the cannabis plant, but we can’t stress enough how it won’t give you any psychoactive effects. You won’t believe how many people are worried about this! Hemp seeds are simply nutritious snacks!

Organic hemp seeds are excellent sources of fibre and protein - that’s why you may come across some hemp milk brands marketing that they are rich in the two nutrients. That’s all-natural hemp seed nutrition right there.

Hemps seeds are also chock full of good fats, namely omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. While it’s counterintuitive to willingly eat fatty foods, it’s ok in this case! Our bodies aren’t able to produce these good fats, so any help is quite welcome! What do they do exactly? These healthy fats help regulate blood pressure, which is only one of the many health benefits of hemp seeds.

As you can see in the study, hemp seeds also contain vitamins and minerals like magnesium and potassium. Magnesium helps regulate muscle and nerve function. It may also aid in managing blood sugar levels. Potassium may help with maintaining fluid levels inside the body. Vitamin E, another nutrient that these seeds are full of, is thought to be helpful for our vision, reproduction, and blood health. It’s also believed to be good for our brain and skin!

Try Out These Hemp Seeds

Biona’s Organic Hemp Seeds

Just a pack of your good ‘ol 100% Organic Hemp Seeds! Enjoy as a nutritious snack or enjoy with foods like salads, baked goods, and bread. Biona’s Organic Hemp Seeds are completely free from all preservatives, fertilisers, and pesticides as well. 

Linwoods’ Organic Shelled Hemp

Whenever you want that extra crunch or that subtle nuttiness, Linwoods’ Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds are there for you. They’ve got all the nutrition one would expect from these fabulous seeds. They also come in a convenient resealable bag so that you can get as much or as little as you’d like every single time!

Sun & Seed’s Organic Hulled Hemp Seeds

Sweet, nutty, ethically sourced, organically grown (and certified!), and protein-rich...we think Sun & Seed’s Organic Hulled Hemp Seeds have ticked all the boxes! Add them to salads, soups, and porridge. Once you’re done with the bag, just reseal it using its built-in zip seal!

Frequently Asked Questions

What do hemp seeds taste like?

They have a gorgeous subtle nuttiness to them. Think pine nuts mixed with sunflower seeds. 

People don’t often eat help seeds by themselves, but they (and you) can! It’s just that most prefer to add hemp seeds to foods, such as salads, veggies, and baked goods. It’s their texture that elevates dishes!

Can I buy hemp seeds to add to smoothies?

Of course! Hemp seeds work great if you want to add natural protein to your smoothies without adding too much flavour. If you’d like to have your smoothie a little less crunchy, then blend your hemp seeds in longer.

Be careful of some potential choking hazards that tiny bits of hemp seeds may cause. As long as you thoroughly blend them with your smoothie, everything should be alright. Enjoy that extra kick of all-natural protein!

Are hemp seeds safe for people with nut allergies?

That depends on the person! Allergic reactions vary for each individual. However, hemp seeds are still technically a nut. We always advise you to consult your doctor, they may advise staying away from hemp seeds if you have a nut allergy.

Also, it’s worth being aware that a lot of brands pack their hemp seeds in facilities that handle or process nuts. So if you are allergic, maybe just skip ‘em!

Can I eat hemp seeds even if they have the shell on?

You could! It’s a matter of preference, but you can definitely eat hemp seeds that have not been shelled.

Think of it like eating an apple. Eating the apple with the skin on can add some texture and a little bit of taste. Without the skin (or in this case the shell), it still tastes the same. The main flavours of the seed and a lot of its nutritional value still remain. Watch out for pieces getting stuck in your teeth, though!

Are hemp seeds considered a drug? 

No, cannabis and hemp do belong in the same family of plants but hemp seeds do not contain the active substance THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which makes you feel high. On the other hand, hemp seeds are packed with protein, omega fats and magnesium - so it’s more than safe to munch away!

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