Today we’re taking a look at what the good people of the internet are asking about hemp hearts. We’ve been selling them for over 25 years and we eat them every day alongside hempseed oil and whole hemp seeds as part of a balanced diet so we’ve learned a thing or two along the way. Let’s dive in to the questions and shed some light on this superfood!
What are hemp hearts?
Hemp hearts are the soft inner part of the hemp seed. Hemp seeds are cultivated from hemp plants, a genus in the cannabis sativa plant family. Otherwise known as shelled hemp seeds, hulled hemp seeds, hemp nuts or hemp nuggets. They are simply hemp seeds without their shells. Hemp hearts are almost creamy in texture, they’re a great addition to sweet or savoury dishes and smoothies. They’re protein-rich and high in omega oils, they contain health-boosting GLA along with vitamins A, E, C and some B vitamins, as well as minerals including zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, sulfur, calcium and iron.
How are hemp hearts made?
Hemp hearts are created by removing the hard shell of the hemp seed in a process known as “shelling” or “hulling”. This is done on an industrial scale with specialised machinery that separates the shells from the inners automatically. The shells are high in fibre, and are often used for other purposes such as making hemp flour.
Can you add hemp hearts to baked goods?
Hemp hearts are perfect for adding to baked goods. They add a delicious nutty flavour with a creamy texture. You can add them raw as decoration at the end, or bake them within whichever treat you’re making.
What can you bake with hemp hearts?
You can bake cakes, bread, rolls, buns, flapjack, muffins biscuits, cookies, brownies, pastries, pies, tarts, or whatever your (hemp) heart desires! We find that they make a great topping for cakes, adding a rich nutty flavour and additional nutritional value.
How do you incorporate hemp hearts in cooking?
Hemp hearts are technically a nut, and have a mild nutty flavour, perfect for adding to salads, yoghurt, smoothies, breakfast cereals, cakes, confectionery, and even savoury dishes such as curry, rice dishes, baked potatoes or practically any meal! We think that the best way to incorporate them into your cooking is by sprinkling a few over any dish just before serving. Eating the hemp seeds raw means that the full nutritional value is preserved. Check out some of our hemp hearts recipe ideas here.
Do I have to cook hemp hearts?
No, you do not have to cook hemp hearts! You can eat them raw, and this is the way that we recommend eating them to keep more of the nutritional value intact. When eaten raw, the polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega oils) are at their highest levels, and they’re diminished when cooking at higher temperatures. So if you want to get 100% of the goodness from a hemp heart, eat it raw!
Do hemp hearts lose nutrients when cooked?
The polyunsaturated fats (omega oils) in hemp seeds are very fragile and are turned into saturated fats when exposed to high heat. Therefore, it is best to consume hemp seeds in their raw form. That being said, they are highly delicious when cooked, and the nutty flavour becomes more prominent, you’re just missing out on some of the nutritional value that makes hemp seeds so special!
Is it bad to eat rancid hemp hearts?
Yes your instincts correct, it is bad to eat rancid hemp hearts. Throw them into the compost and buy some new ones.
Do hemp hearts have CBD oil in them?
Hemp hearts do not have CBD oil in them as we know it. At least not in any appreciable amount. They may contain tiny traces of CBD, as does every part of the hemp plant, but it is in such low levels that it is usually considered as “not detectable” in laboratory tests. Levels will differ between different seed varieties but for example in every 1 gram of hemp heart, you may find 0.00000032g of CBD, meaning you would need to eat 3,125,000 hemp hearts to ingest just 1g of CBD, it’s an absolutely miniscule amount.
Can you put hemp hearts in soup?
Hemp hearts are great for adding to a soup just before serving, they make a delicious and attractive addition to the dish adding both their signature nutty flavour and creamy texture. You can liven up any soup by simply sprinkling a few hemp hearts on top.
Are hemp hearts good for weight loss?
Hemp seeds make you feel full for longer and suppress appetite thanks to their rich nutritional profile, so they may help in weight loss when consumed as part of a healthy balanced diet. Hemp seeds are high in fat, but they’re “good fats” known as polyunsaturated fatty acids, or omega oils. Adding a few heaped spoons of hemp hearts to your breakfast in the morning will help you to feel fuller all day, and give you the fuel you need to make the day a success!
Do hemp hearts need to be refrigerated?
You don’t necessarily need to refrigerate your hemp hearts, especially when they’re still sealed in their original packaging. Once they’re opened you can keep them in the refrigerator to extend their shelf life, but most people find that storing them in a cool dry kitchen cupboard works just fine.
Are hemp hearts a superfood?
Hemp hearts are indeed a superfood! Their high levels of omega 3 and 6 exist in the perfect 3:1 ratio for human consumption, they contain all of the amino acids that uor bodies cannot produce on their own as well as a long list of vitamins and minerals that are essential to keeping our bodies healthy. They’re great for our hair, skin, heart and circulatory health as well as a range of other health benefits.
Are hemp hearts inflammatory?
Hemp hearts are anti-inflammatory, meaning that they reduce inflammation. They contain Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) which is known as a powerful anti-inflammatory essential fatty acid. It is surprising many problems in our bodies stem from inflammation, and hemp hearts are a great way to combat inflammation in a natural way, while getting additional nutritional benefits.
Are hemp hearts easy to digest?
Hemp hearts are easy to digest and contain high levels of protein that our bodies can use very efficiently, this is part of what makes them a superfood! They contain the perfect ratio of omega 3 and 6 for human consumption, so that our bodies can really make the most of the proteins we are ingesting.
Are hemp hearts good for your liver?
Yes, hemp hearts are good for your liver. They have been found to be effective in alleviating high-fat diet-induced fatty liver disease. For those suffering with this disease, hemp seeds are often a recommended part of a healthy diet.
Are hemp hearts crunchy?
Hemp hearts are soft and creamy when raw, and can become crunchy if baked. We recommend eating them raw to keep the omega oils intact and gain the full nutritional benefits from them.
Are hemp hearts keto?
Hemp hearts are safe to eat as part of a keto diet, they’re high in healthy polyunsaturated fats and low in carbohydrates making them perfect for keto!
What are the best hemp hearts?
Here at the hemp shop we have been using hemp hearts for over 25 years, we add them to absolutely everything and our favourite brand in recent years has got to be Hempiness Organic Premium Shelled Hempseeds. We love them for their high nutritional profile, the fact that they are grown and processed within Europe, and their superior taste! There is a reason these are labelled as “premium” and it’s because the quality is simply the best. Throw in the fact that their packaging is eco-friendly and you have a recipe that makes these our top recommendations when it comes to hemp hearts.
Where can I buy hemp hearts?
You can buy hemp hearts right here at the hemp shop! We’re based in the UK but we ship worldwide, so head over to our hemp foods section to view the entire selection of hemp hearts products today.