Hemp Seed Oil, also known as Hemp Oil, is highly valued because of it’s contribution to human nutrition and the health benefits that arise from that.
What makes hemp seed oil valued is its rich Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) content. This includes Omega-3 (also found in flaxseed oil and fish oil) and Omega-6 (often found in nuts, eggs and cereals). These Fatty Acids are called Essential before of their contribution to human health and as the body cannot produce them, they must be included in the diet.
How EFA’s work is only beginning to be understood. When they are consumed in food they trigger complex metabolic processes which are hard to isolate — ultimately the effects of Omega-3 and Omega-6 on the body through diet are dependent on their mutual interactions. Eating one ingredient over another may lead to unintended health consequences… therefore most dieticians and researchers recommend eating a more holistic and balanced ratio of 3:1 of Omega 6 to Omega 3, a ratio that hemp contains naturally. One should note that the typical American diet consumes between 20-25 times more Omega-6 than Omega-3, which results in harmful consequences to their metabolism, hormones and cardiovascular health.
Research on EFA’s has intensified since the 1990’s. Likewise, nutritional studies have hemp have only begun more recently so hemp’s value to human nutrition is only beginning to be appreciated.
Hemp seed oil also contains gamma-linolenic acid or GLA, which is a particular kind of Omega-6 Fatty Acid. GLA is thought to be useful for treating inflammation, autoimmune disorders, arthritis, eczema, and PMS.
Newer research indicates that with its Vitamin E content, hemp seed oil also serve as a dietary source of natural antioxidants, which protects cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Hemp seed has about 25-33% oil content, dependent on variety. The best hemp seed oil is traditionally extracted by the cold press method and is then filtered. The oil is best stored in dark containers as it is reactive to light and to oxygen, slowly degrading over exposure. Many people store hemp seed oil in the freezer as unlike olive oil, hemp will not freeze (try it!). This is due to hemp seed oil’s high polyunsaturated content. By contrast, coconut oil is a highly saturated fat that remains solid up to approximately 75° F.
While being a healthy edible oil, hemp seed oil is not really a cooking oil—it has a low flash (smoke) point, and heat will transforms the molecular structure of the oil in a negative way, turning the EFA’s into harmful Trans Fatty Acids. A simple tip to remember i: if it’s too hot to eat, it’s too hot for hemp! Just like many other unrefined salad oils. However, hemp seed oil is an excellent culinary oil. With it’s nutty taste, hemp seed oil can be used in existing recipes. Or simply dab or pour onto already cooked food (veggies, cooked potatoes, rice), or use as a substitute for other fats such as butter for a delicious and healthy taste experience. It’s great oil for raw dishes, including salads. It can be also used as an ingredient to make flavored, ready-to-eat salad oils.
Hemp seed oil is also a prized body care ingredient, and is found in shampoos, balms, body butters, lotions and makeup. It’s good for both the inside and outside of the body.
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