Hemp has got to be one of the most misunderstood superfoods of this generation! And NO, eating hemp seeds cannot get you “high” since they contain no THC. This whole food contains essential fatty acids (EFA's), protein, fiber, carbohydrates, natural vitamins and minerals, but no cholesterol. We loaded each GORP bar with 2 teaspoons of power-packed hemp seeds!
Fat Gets a Bad Rap
There is a common misconception out there that FAT IS BAD, when in reality it does your body a world of good. Did you know your brain is 90% fat? So it makes sense that when you feed your body the right fat, your brain benefits. Your body needs fat to run properly. In fact, if you aren’t getting enough good fat, you are creating the perfect condition for your body to get or stay fat. Essential fatty acids send signals to your brain that says it’s satisfied, so you won’t overeat, and it also allows your body to break down and let go of stored saturated fat. Good deal!
DISCLAIMER!!! Now, we aren't going to get all crazy and tell you that GORP bars can cure every ailment known to man and provide every single health benefit listed below... because that's SO not allowed :) We just want to give a shout out to our awesome ingredients for YOUR education... so you can see all the awesomeness we INTENTIONALLY pack into our bar and perhaps inspire you to incorporate some of them into your diet more often :)
Why We Love Hemp Hearts
Hemp seeds contain more essential fatty acids than ANY OTHER KNOWN PLANT ON THE PLANET!
Things You Should Know About Essential Fatty Acids
EFAs enable you to manage stress better. They help stabilize nerve and brain functions and increase the activity of electric currents across the brain’s cell membranes. This helps you feel more calm and allows you to focus. It is now accepted that EFAs can be used as a method to treat acute joint inflammation without using the typical drugs. Nice!
Using hemp oil externally has proven to improve the overall integrity of the skin and help prevent stretch marks, improving dryness and itchiness as well. EFAs are integral for the healthy function of brain cells. Since the brain is 90% fat, EFA’s are critical in keeping brain cells healthy and flexible. Infant formulas are now required to be fortified with EFAs because they are essential for the development of the baby. Omega-3 deficiencies in children can lead to slowed growth of the nervous system, brain, and eyes. In countries where omega-3 is plentiful in the standard diet, there is 90% less clinical depression.
Hemp seed contains all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids needed to make it a complete protein. No other plant can boast that it contains all the essential oils necessary to nourish your muscles and also be in a form that is perfectly suited to the human digestive system. Soy and whey, along with other side effects, can cause bloating and gas. Not to mention the fact that even though soy contains a higher percentage of protein, less of it is usable by the body. Hemp seed also contains the perfect ratio of Omega-3 to 6. To obtain the health benefits of hemp, try to consume 3 tablespoons a day – just toss some in a smoothie, add to soups, or sprinkle it on your oatmeal – easy ways to reap big rewards from this powerful little seed.
EFA’s and Athletes
Athletes benefit greatly from including ample EFAs in their diets by reducing inflammation and helping muscles recover faster. Increased endurance and strength combine to provide all-around better performance. By increasing the metabolic rate, EFAs help to prevent the buildup of yeasts and bacteria. They also cause cells to be less prone to infection by strengthening membranes. By adding EFAs (essential fatty acids) to the diet, in the form of hempseed oil or seeds, the following conditions have been helped:
It’s time to redefine how we think about fat and blast out those myths: Eating fat will NOT make you fat. Just make sure you are staying away from trans-fat and industrial highly-heated fats. Fat is absolutely required for optimal health and your body can’t run properly without it! By restricting calories and healthy fat intake, your body is at risk of going into “famine mode” which means it’s taking the calories it’s given and storing them as fat, then feeding on muscle for energy instead because it’s anticipating a food shortage. The healthiest way to combat this is by eating the right fats, filling the body with high quality food, and not skipping meals.
Hemp As Part of a Weight Loss Strategy!
Hemp can be used as part of a weight loss program for those of us wishing to reduce the old waistline a bit! EFAs in hemp can increase your metabolic rate and burn more fat into carbon dioxide, water, and energy, which can aid in shedding pounds. When your cells are being nourished by healthy fats, their structure is stronger and they can work more efficiently at taking in nutrients and flushing out toxins. When our cells are working properly it boosts our metabolism and we burn more fat! Good fats also help you feel fuller longer and build lean muscle tissue. One pound of lean muscle tissue burns 50 calories per day, compared with the 2 calories a day burned by a pound of body fat. That’s a big deal!
Hemp For Lookin’ Good!
We can’t ignore the beautification benefits of hemp either…the linolenic acid in hemp is responsible for not only giving your skin moisture from the inside out, it also speeds up healing, increases vitality, and can improve your immune system. High five to that, Hemp. You heard us. High five to that…