Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The Hemp Seed Protein - Superior Plant Protein
Thoughts: My Earth friend Elisha reccomended that I try Hemp seeds in my food. Tonight I had them on my avocado and last night on my salad!
Hemp(from Old English hænep) is the name of the soft, durable fiber that is cultivated from plants of the Cannabis genus, cultivated for industrial and commercial (non-drug) use.
In modern times, industrial hemp has been used for industrial purposes including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food, and fuel, with modest commercial success.In the past three years, commercial success of hemp food products has grown considerably.
Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. The seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk (akin to soy milk), prepared as tea, and used in baking. The fresh leaves can also be eaten in salads. Products range from cereals to frozen waffles, hemp tofu to nut butters.
Hemp oil has been shown to relieve the symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis).
Hemp Seed contains a large dietary supplement of omega-3, higher even than walnuts which contain 6.3% of n-3. These oils are known to improve memory and strengthen brain cells.
Hemp oil has anti-inflammatory properties.
The Hemp Seed contains more than 22% COMPLETE PROTEINS, which is highly digestible due to its globulin form, as edestin and albumin. Edestin is a superior type of plant protein, similar to protein found in the human body, and perfectly suited to the body's cellular needs. Hemp contains the highest percentage of globulin protein found in any plant. It is important to note that protein can become denatured if heated above 115� C (239� F) for more than a few minutes, making it insoluble and less digestible.
Edestin proteins are forerunners to hormones, haemoglobin (which transports oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood), enzymes (which control many biochemical reactions), and antibodies (which fight off invading bacteria, viruses and toxins). Edestin also assists in suppressing symptoms of sickness and disease by increasing the body�s own defense systems.
Hemp seed contains good quantities of arginine and histidine; both are important for growth during childhood. Hemp protein also has the sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cysteine, which are needed for proper enzyme formation, as well as relatively high levels of the branched-chain amino acids that are important for the metabolism of exercising muscle.
http://www.happyplanet.com.au/page.php?PageID=4 and wikipedia.
Challenges: Why don't we eat more hemp seeds for protein instead of meat...that would reduce a lot of the Earths carbon emissions. I suppose the food authorities would miss out on a lot of money if this were to happen. (yes hemp seeds are cheap!)
Triumphs: I had no idea hemp seeds existed before this, I love finding out about new foods, I'm sure there are a lot more out there!!!
What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: 3 nectarines. A beetroot, carrot, celery and ginger juice.
Lunch: 3 nectarines and half of my friend David's! Hehe! Chocolate balls with macadamia nuts and walnuts. wheatgrass shot.
Dinnner: 2 avocados with hemp seeds. 4 nectarines. 2 handfuls of macadamia nuts. Eating my chia seeds tonight I was like I need to eat lots of these seeds to get what the hemp seeds provides. What if we just ate everything in small amounts and that's all we needed, what if we listened to our bodies, and we are connected with ourselves and fellow man. Imagine.
Dessert: a Damianna herbal tea.
Snacks: a Damianna herbal tea.
Exercise: Reading!...my script for the movie I am in, starts shooting in 5 days! "The Man In The Maze" www.themaninthemaze.net
241 days to go!!!