Hemp food for vegan lifestyle, the plant based powerhouse
There is no doubting that a plant based , vegan diet is hot on the agenda for being an arguably superior diet for a healthy lifestyle. Whether it be a love of animals, intolerance to animal proteins, or simply a lifestyle choice, the decision to delete animal products is a big one.
Making sure you are taking in the sufficient amount of aminos, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that healthy free-range animal proteins can offer, can be challenging at first.
A sufficient plant based diet can offer all the nutrients the body needs when consuming the right foods, and when carried out correctly can offer great health benefits. Let us explore some issues the vegan diet can face, and how hemp foods for vegans are so beneficial.
The vegan diet relies on many plants based sources of protein, vitamins and minerals. Unfortunatel,though, there are number of plant based foods groups like nuts, seeds, grains, and fruits that contain Phytic acid. This naturally occurring element is known as an ‘anti’-nutrient that binds to important minerals, and prohibits them from being absorbed by the body. This increases the risk of zinc and iron deficiencies in the plant based diet.
Hemp foods are free of any phytic acid, meaning that they are naturally 100% bio-available for the body, and do not need to be soaked or fermented to reduce the amount of phytic acid present.
Fats, Vitamins and minerals.
Vegan Omega 3
Hemp foods contain the perfect ratio of omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids according the world health organisation which make them great for vegan diets. These omega fatty acids will assist heart, brain and liver health, and reduce the risk of degenerative brain and auto-immune deseases. The omega 6 fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) found in hemp, is a powerful anti-inflammatory which can also assist with hormonal imbalance and PMS symptoms in women. Hemps vegan omega 3 source is a great alternative to other fat sources found in animals. Hemp seed oil is also being closely examined as a replacement for Fish Oils, you can read more in the article Hemp vs Fish oil.
What is Omega 3?
Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that our bodies rely on for optimal health. EPA and DHA are the most vital of these fatty acids. Unfortunately though many of the best omega 3 sources come from animal products like fish oil and eggs. Finding foods high in omega 3 for vegans that are sustainable, and 100% bio-available to the body can be tricky.
Although hemp foods don’t contain EPA and DHA (non-essential fatty acids) which are found in fish naturally, our body can convert SDA (Stearidonic acid) and ALA (Alpha linolenic acid) “essential fatty acids” which are found in hemp into EPA and DHA. This making Hemp foods a great plant based vegan omega 3 source. Hemp foods are quickly becoming recognised as one of the best omega 3 supplements in a plant based diet.
Hemp foods contain important vitamins A and E, and the biggest stand out vitamin of all, Vitamin D! Hemp is the only known plant based food source that has naturally occurring vitamin D, which is important for muscle and bone health, and increases the absorption of calcium. People who are deficient in Vitamin D are at risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a weekend immunity, which can result in auto immune diseases, and a lack of bone density.
Hemp foods also boast an impressive mineral profile, with the likes of magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, and potassium. These are all essential minerals vital for human health and especially for those opting for a plant based vegan diet.
Is Hemp the ultimate vegan superfood?
With plenty of plant based options available for the vegan diet that carry great benefits, hemp is not the one and only option to ensure a broad nutrient and fibre intake, but as an easy to use, tasty and highly beneficial superfood. Hemp is a front runner for the ultimate vegan superfood and we hope you enjoyed this article that supports many reasons why your vegan diet would benefit from hemp foods.
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