Hemp seeds have gotten a lot of attention within the past few years for being a healthy superfood . . . and because they come from a variety of the Cannabis plant. Even though hemp seeds are sold in the super market and are now found in a variety of food products (like Chef Soraya bowls), people are still wondering "are hemp seeds safe to eat?"
Most are concerned whether or not hemp seeds will cause a positive drug test. Other are curious whether eating hemp seeds will make you "high" or if it is safe for pregnant women and children.
This blog will debunk the most common myths about these seeds and hopefully give you the peace of mind to incorporate this nutritional powerhouse of a food into your diet!
Myth #1: Hemp Gets You HighIt is true that some foods like poppy seeds could make you fail a drug test. This is due to the fact that the seeds contain trace amounts of opiates. In fact, some places ask that you not eat anything with poppy seeds before taking a drug test. But you have nothing to fear when it comes to hemp seeds. Studies have shown that eating hemp seeds had little effect on a person’s THC levels ― and never enough to exceed the levels looked for in federal drug testing programs. So, you can rest assured that you won't fail a drug test eating hemp seeds.
Myth #2: Eating Hemp Seeds Will Cause a Positive Drug Test ReadingWhile the hemp and marijuana plant look the same, hemp is the low THC version of the Cannabis Sativa plant, making it safe to consume. The highest concentrations of THC in the hemp plant live in the leaves and flowers, not the seeds. So, you won't get high from eating hemp seeds, just healthy!
Myth #3: You Shouldn't Eat Hemp Seeds While Pregnant or Breastfeeding
We've now established that eating hemp seeds do not contain TCH. This alone means that hemp seeds are safe for to eat while pregnant and breastfeeding and are safe for children' s to eat as well.
Hemp seeds are actually more than just fine for babies and kids to consume, they're a great source of omegas -- important for growing brains, and high in protein -- important for growing bodies. The seeds are also rich in other vitamins and minerals such as zinc, iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium and calcium.
Lastly, these healthy little seeds are small, digestible and mild in flavor, making them easy to incorporate into a variety of meals and snacks. We add these healthy seeds to our Chef Soraya Plant-based macro meals just for this reason! You won't hardly taste the hemp seeds in our bowls, but you'll receive the healthy benefits that they offer.
Hemp Seeds Are Totally Safe To Eat
All in all, hemp seeds are 100% safe to eat and should be a staple in your diet!
Technically a nut, hemp seeds are very nutritious. While we highlighted some of the health benefits of eat hemp seeds, here are some more reasons you should eat hemp seeds:
- Rich in Gamma- linolenic acid (anti-inflammatory)
- Protein-packed (more than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality protein.)
- Great source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids (optimal 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3)
- High in soluble and insoluble fiber (important for digestion)
- An outstanding source of magnesium (a mineral involved in most biochemical reactions in the body)
Additionally, there are no known allergies linked to hemp, which means those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose, and soy can safely consume hemp.
Enjoy a dose of delicious, healthy hemp seeds in all Chef Soraya plant-based macro meals!