Soooo….apparently last week was Hemp History Week. Who knew? Thanks to Whole Foods for the alert! Whole Foods in fact carries a ton of hemp products – like literally, a ton – hemp milk, cereals, granola, waffles, protein powders, nutrition bars, breads, snacks, chips, pastas, flour, vegetarian burgers, and a large variety of personal care products including supplements, lotions, makeup and shampoos.
So given that hemp-based products are stocked widely at Whole Foods, let’s get one thing straight: hemp is not marijuana, it’s a seed and if you smoke it nothing will happen (though it would be pretty funny to see someone smoke hemp granola they bought at the supermarket…). There is still a stigma around it and it’s not grown in the US making hemp products relatively difficult to find (what did we do before Whole Foods!?). This is unfortunate because the seed functions as a nutritional and mineral powerhouse and is loaded with digestible protein, dietary fiber, and vitamin E (an antioxidant that protects and repairs skin, which is why hemp is good to apply topically as well). It also has all of the amino acids (impressive for a plant protein), and it’s loaded with omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. It’s also gluten-free and has no known allergens.
For beauty check-out Dr. Bronner’s soaps and Lafe’s Natural deodorants. I’d also highly recommend adding hemp to your diet. I love Nature’s Path’s granola bars though they’re a little sweet and it’s very hard to eat just one so beware…Hempseeds are another great way to go, just sprinkle them on a salad. There’s even hemp ice cream (low fat, no cholesterol, low sugar, low calorie, and it has some fiber).
Read more about hemp and check-out some other products here!