Modified on: 20/09/2022
Learn more about the positive effects of sprouted hemp seeds: discover how to eat them and why they are suitable for you
In previous articles, we have discussed the countless benefits of cannabis seeds (hulled and unhulled), but now it is time to clarify the role of sprouted seeds in the food sector.
Did you know that hemp Sativa sprouts can be eaten and are rich in nutrients that are very useful for the body’s well-being?
Whatever your answer, here we will help you shed more light on this little-known topic so that you too can learn more about another of hemp seeds’ incredible potential… Let’s get started.
Hemp sprouts: nutritional properties and benefits for the body
Until a few years ago, sprouts were not widely consumed in food in Western culture.
As time went on, however, perhaps thanks to the increased popularity of oriental cuisine, many people began to eat soybean sprouts, lentil sprouts and other popular legumes.
But what many people don’t know is that hemp Sativa sprouts are also edible and have many interesting, beneficial properties.
Some people choose to germinate hemp seeds in cotton for food use, and others prefer to buy them ready-made.
But, of course, the seeds used for this purpose are not collectors’ seeds (such as auto-flowering, feminised and fast seeds) but for food use.
Let’s take a look at the unmissable properties of hemp sprouts.
1 High protein and essential amino acid content
The main characteristic of these superfoods is their high percentage of vegetable proteins, rich in essential amino acids. Among the proteins in marijuana seed sprouts, for example, is edestine, a unique globular protein that is easily absorbed by the human body provides energy and helps overcome psychophysical stress.
2 Omega 3 and omega 6 content
Hemp seeds, hemp sprouts are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6.
Consuming foods with these characteristics means consuming neuroprotective vegetable fats, which are very useful in preventing the onset of neurodegenerative diseases.
3 High levels of phytoestrogens
Hemp sprouts, just like the hop plant, have high levels of phytoestrogens.
Having a chemical structure and function similar to that of human oestrogen, these plant compounds can help alleviate the symptoms of PMS and are excellent neuroprotectors.
4 Presence of cannaflavins
Including hemp Sativa sprouts in your diet means eating food rich in cannaflavins, flavonoids widely studied for their anti-inflammatory properties, which are thought to exceed those of aspirin.
Hemp seed sprouts are also rich in antioxidants, substances that help the body fight and slow down the formation of oxygen radicals.
Regular consumption of such foods can help the body dispose of free radicals without posing a particular threat to the body.
Read also: Hemp protein: the correct dosage? Here’s what to know
Why introduce sprouts into your diet?
Numerous studies and research have shown that incorporating sprouts into our eating habits is beneficial for many reasons.
Let’s look at the main ones.
Firstly, during the sprouting process, the content of essential fatty acids and vitamins already present in the seeds increases dramatically.
To give you an idea of what we’re talking about, vitamins such as B1 can increase by up to 2000%, B6 by up to 500%, B5 by up to 200%, etc.
Minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, on the other hand, combine with proteins during the germination phase, making them more absorbable.
In addition to this, it has been found that sprouts can contain up to 100 times more enzymes than raw fruit and vegetables and that they have an alkalising effect on the body.
How can hemp Sativa sprouts be used?
Hemp sprouts have a slightly bitter taste and a pleasant appearance, allowing them to be combined with many dishes.
The ideal way to fully appreciate both their freshness and their crunchiness is to eat them raw.
They are excellent on their own, dressed with oil and salt, or as an ingredient in a mixed salad; they go well with fish dishes and meat.
Hemp sprouts are also excellent when cooked, especially in vegetable mixes or pasta sauces.
If you try them, you will never leave them!
Read also: Hemp seeds: hulled or not? Here’s which to choose
As well as a whole, hulled and ground, weed seeds are also an excellent foodstuff when sprouted.
They are not widely consumed in Italy, but this is likely to change over time.
If you are a collector of the best hemp seed genetics, we invite you to visit our Sensosyseeds store.
Choose your favourite marijuana seeds (feminized, fast flowering and auto-flowering seeds) and get them delivered directly to your door.
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