The Amazing Benefits of Hemp Seeds -- Too Bad the DEA Is Curtailing the Industry
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Hemp protein consists of two globular proteins, albumin (33%) and edestine (67%), with a structure very similar to proteins manufactured in our blood, and is thus readily digestible. Hemp protein appears to be free of antinutrients that are found in soy to interfere with protein uptake. So, eating hemp seed or nuts delivers protein with a favorable amino-acid composition and in a structure readily utilized.
Hemp’s nutritional advantage over other sources of fats and protein thus lies in its highly desirable balance of basic nutrients. Simply put, when eating hemp seed, nut and/or oil, our body obtains much of what it needs without the caloric ballast of non-essential nutrients. Yet, unlike fish and flax oil supplements and assorted protein powders, properly processed hemp seed offers these benefits with the additional bonus of a nice flavor profile —hemp tastes good. Fresh, cold-pressed hemp oil and hemp nut, particularly when toasted, add a nice nutty flavor to many dishes and packaged food products.
Unfortunately...The U.S Drug Enforcement Administration continues to cite drug-test-interference problems from the mid-1990s as grounds to curtail the legitimate hemp industry. The DEA has not attacked poppy-seed bagel makers for promoting opium use, despite the fact that poppy seeds come from the same plant species as does opium, and contain trace opiates which could interfere with narcotics drug testing. The U.S. government has also not harassed fruit juice companies regarding trace alcohol in juice present through natural fermentation.
The DEA should concern itself with dangerous drugs. It would make much more sense for the Department of Agriculture to develop and implement reasonable hemp regulations.