Hemp Seeds contain approximately:
- 25% high quality gluten-free protein
- 10% carbohydrate
- 30% fat
All this in the form of an excellent quality oil.
Compared with most nuts and seeds, the 30% fat content is relatively low and Hemp Seed Oil also boasts zero cholesterol levels.
The protein content of Hemp Seeds are comparable to that of soya beans and better than that found in nuts, other seeds, dairy, meat, fish or poultry.
Hemp Seed Oil has a remarkable fatty acid profile, being high in the desirable omega-3s and also delivering GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) and SDA (stearidonic acid), both of which are absent from the fats we normally eat.
Nutritionally oriented doctors believe all of these compounds to be beneficial to health.
Hemp seed oil typically contains 57% linoleic (LNA) and 19% Alpha-linolenic (ALA) acids, in the three-to-one ratio that perfectly matches our nutritional needs.
These are the essential fatty acids (EFAs) so called, because the body cannot make them and must get them from external sources. The best sources are oils from freshly ground grains and whole seeds, but EFAs are fragile and quickly lost in processing.