National Hemp Month Spotlight: Hemp Foods and Beverages
By Jace Pohlman, Law Clerk
Jul 30, 2021
As part of National Hemp Month, we're highlighting beneficial ways to use hemp and hemp products in our daily lives. This post will focus on using hemp products in foods and beverages.
When many people think of hemp in foods or drinks, CBD gummies or infused beverages come to mind. This makes sense because of all the buzz surrounding CBD; however, many forget that hemp seeds, oils, and powders are commonly used in everyday foods and drinks. In addition to numerous health benefits, these hemp-based foods provide alternative options for those with dietary conditions, gluten sensitivities or nut allergies.
Using Hemp in Foods and Beverages
Hemp seeds, oil, and powder can be added to nearly any food dish or drink and provide several health benefits. Popular foods and beverages that include these hemp products include coffee, granola, spreads, protein powders, energy bars, pastas and chocolates. Hemp-derived food ingredients like seeds, oils and powders are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which means getting your hands on these food products is easier than those not approved by the FDA. (Looking at you, CBD.)
Hemp Food Health Benefits
Consumable hemp products offer many health benefits. Hemp seeds and oils provide access to all nine essential amino acids, and contain other fatty acids that help with long-term health. Some of these specific acids are even linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.
Additionally, hemp seeds are an excellent source of protein for those with plant-based diets. Hemp provides nearly 50% more protein than popular alternatives like almonds or flax seeds. Hemp protein is also easier to digest than grains or nuts, meaning it can be a great alternative option for digestive issues.
Lastly, hemp provides many of the vitamins and minerals our body needs such as vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, and B vitamins. However, hemp does have a high level of fat concentration, so be sure not to overindulge in hemp products without first understanding what you are consuming and its effect(s) on your body.
We hope you enjoyed the third and final installment of our hemp month posts focused on some of the amazing uses and benefits of hemp.
Read our first Hemp Month post, focused on hemp building materials.
Read our second Hemp Month post, focused on hemp paper and plastic.