Hemp seeds - a food jewel
Hemp seeds - a food jewel
Hemp seeds - the trendy superfood. Not only vegans know its advantages. Hemp is now also finding supporters among a broader health-conscious audience such as athletes. Hemp seed oil has an ideal fatty acid ratio of omega-3 to omega-6, while hemp seed protein is convincing with its high protein content.
We are also enthusiastic about the taste and health benefits of hemp. In Marbach, we press valuable hemp seed oil from the seeds of the Finola cultivar cultivated in Austria. We finely grind the resulting press cakes into high-quality hemp seed flour and protein.
Hemp seed oil
The high-quality hemp seed oil is obtained from the unpeeled plant seeds. It is dark green and has a hay-like, nutty taste. The oil develops its full aroma and its effect primarily through gentle cold pressing.
The 3: 1 fatty acid ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is ideal in every respect.
The polyunsaturated fatty acids contained in the oil are particularly important for human nutrition:
- Linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) are essential omega-n fatty acids for humans
- Gamma-linolenic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid that is rarely found in edible oils
The content of gamma-linolenic acid in hemp seed oil is remarkably high at up to 4 g / 100 g. Hemp seed oil is also the perfect ingredient in salads, dressings and raw food dishes.
Hemp seed meal and protein
Hemp seed meal and protein are obtained from the press cake of the cold-pressed oil. The flour is rich in fiber and antioxidants, the hemp protein has a protein content of up to 50%. Both products are also gluten-free.
The good bioavailability of the protein is interesting for athletes. The body absorbs it extremely well because it is very similar to human protein.
History of hemp and its uses
Already around 2800 BC Hemp fibers were processed into ropes in China. In the Middle Ages it played a major role in textile processing. With the advent of cotton, silk and later synthetic fibers, hemp has been displaced. After World War II, the cultivation of hemp was banned in many states due to the Stun Act. It was considered an illegal drug. Even THC-free plants were not allowed. In the meantime, the legal situation has changed in favor of hemp, with the result that the cultivated area of industrial hemp has been continuously increasing again since 1990.
Industrial hemp is a popular raw material precisely because of its ability to always grow back. The cultivation is easy and no herbicides have to be used. Hemp produces a high level of biomass and is used as a soil loosener. The plant is undemanding and needs little water, as its roots grow up to 3 meters into the ground and can tap into deep water supplies. Hemp is also insensitive and can withstand freezing temperatures down to −5 ° C.