Q: Are hemp protein and hemp seeds really that nutritious?
See how just a little bit of this seed can be a powerhouse for your muscles
This cousin to cannabis can get you high—in protein, that is. A 30-gram handful of hemp seeds (2 or 3 tablespoons) contains 10 grams of protein, plus 1 to 3 grams of fiber and about 200 milligrams of magnesium, a mineral associated with good heart health.
The seeds became widely available earlier this year after the passage of H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill. This legislation allows hemp to be grown in bulk for academic and agricultural research, which may legitimize commercial production.
Jessica Crandall, R.D.N., a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, suggests sprinkling the seeds onto salads and yogurts to add mild, nutty flavor and a subtle crunch. (Think sunflower seeds with twice the protein.)
But don’t dump your whey powder: You need more than double the hemp powder to match the muscle-building protein in whey. Lactose intolerant? Although lower in protein, hemp milk is a satisfying substitute for cow’s milk. And since hemp has no THC, these foods won’t get you stoned.
By the Editors of Men’s Health, Photography by Thinkstock in Benefits of Hemp