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Can you eat too much hemp protein?

Can you eat too much hemp protein?

Many people consider hemp protein to be an all-around superfood – and they’re not wrong.

In fact, hemp seeds and hemp powder offer a complete source of protein. In addition to being rich in fiber and healthful fatty acids, including omega-3s and omega-6s, hemp-based foods also have significant antioxidant effects that may go a long way toward improving the health of the heart, skin, and joints.

But is it possible to overdo it? To put it another way, how much hemp is too much?

How much hemp can you eat a day?

Like all foods, hemp is best eaten in moderation.

If you’re going to eat hemp seeds or hemp powder, start out slowly. Try 1 teaspoon of hemp seed and work your way up as tolerated.

Remember, a little hemp will go a long way,  In fact, according to the USDA, a 30 gram serving of hemp seeds (approximately 3 tablespoons) contains the following:

  • 166 calories

  • 2.6 grams carbohydrates (1.2 grams fiber/.45 grams sugar)

  • 14.62 grams fat

  • 9.47 grams protein

  • 21 milligrams calcium

  • 33 micrograms folate

  • 2.38 milligrams iron

  • 210 milligrams magnesium

  • 495 milligrams phosphorus

  • 360 milligrams potassium

  • 2.97 milligrams zinc

And if you’re worried that eating hemp seeds or hemp powder could make you high, don’t be. In the United States, growers are prohibited from producing hemp seeds with THC concentrations higher than 0.3%. The federal government  strictly regulates the importation of hemp seeds and hemp-based products, so those sourced from overseas must also comply with that standard. 

As long as you’re purchasing your hemp protein, hemp seeds, and other hemp-based foods from reliable and trustworthy sources, you won’t have to worry about mind-altering effects or failing a drug test after eating a standard serving of hemp.

How to Make Hemp Part of your Diet

It’s fairly easy to make hemp protein a part of your daily diet:

  • Sprinkling whole or ground seeds on cereal, yogurt, or a salad.

  • Adding hemp seeds or hemp powder to smoothies

  • baking with hemp seeds or hemp flour

  • Saute hemp seeds in a stir fry or stir them into soups and sauces.

  • Sprinkle hemp seeds on avocado toast.

  • Toss hemp seeds in a salad.

  • Do a Google search for recipes that incorporate hemp seeds or hemp powder.

Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, roasted, or cooked; shelled as hemp hearts; cold-pressed for hemp-seed oil; and used to make non-dairy hemp milk,  hemp cheese, and nut butter.

Hemp seeds have a mild, nutty flavor, similar to unsalted sunflower seeds but with a somewhat softer texture.  Hemp powder has an earthy, nutty flavor that many people like but others find strong. It might be a good idea to try a small amount  before buying hemp powder it in bulk

To ensure the omega acids don’t break down, hemp seed oil should only be used as a finishing oil, not for cooking or frying.  Try it in salad dressings, or drizzled over pasta, grilled veggies, or popcorn!

Can You Eat Too Much Hemp Protein? The Final Word.

Whether you’re striving to live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle or simply want to improve your overall health, you really can’t go wrong with hemp seeds and hemp powder when it comes to a nutritious and sustainable substitute for animal proteins. Like all good things, moderation is key when it comes to hemp. 

If you’re ready to give hemp protein a try, we suggest starting with one of Planet Based Foods delicious hemp-based meat alternatives. Made from a healthy and 100% plant-based blend of hemp seed, along with pea protein, and brown rice, each of these amazing products – The Original Burger, the Green Chili Southwest Burger, Breakfast Sausage Patties, The Original Crumble, and The Italian Sausage Crumble – features an impeccable texture and perfect blend of seasonings that even the most committed meat eater will love.

Just head on over to our online store and get one of these amazing H.E.M.P superfoods delivered  right to your door!