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Hemp seeds can help you lose weight. Too good to be true? Just read!

Updated on:17 January 2020, 14:02pm IST
Hemp seeds have astonishing health benefits including weight loss. They are a great source of nutrition and can transform your body for good.
Shreya Gupta
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Who knew hemp seeds would be so high on zinc quotient! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

‘Marijuana’, the excitement surrounding this word knows no bounds. Especially in India, it is illegal to possess, consume or trade any of the three forms of marijuana i.e. ganja, charas or bhang. But, there’s an exception to this rule, which is hemp.

Hemp is that usable part of the marijuana plant, which contains a negligible amount of THC that doesn’t provoke any psychological effect.

The nutritional benefits are quite large compared to the tiny little size of the seeds. Hemp contains the longest and most durable natural fibre that helps in digestion and improves metabolism.

Let’s delve deeper into understanding how hemp seeds can help you shed kilos.

1. Hemp seeds can help you build muscle mass
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of protein as they offer nine essential amino acids. Guess what? Now you can dump your expensive protein powder and add three tablespoons of raw hemp to your smoothie instead to change things up.

It not only keeps you full but is also a great option for vegans and vegetarians out there who are looking to up their protein intake!

Also, read: 6 under-rated exercises to help you build muscle at home

2. Boosts your metabolism and aids weight loss
A study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, found that fish oil along with a high-fat diet significantly reduced weight compared to a high-fat diet without fish oil. It also increased the metabolism in the intestine.

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Oil extracted from hemp seeds is the secret ingredient to increase your metabolism. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Though the study was based on fish oil, it remains valid for hemp oil extracted from the hemp seed as it contains similar nutrient values that are responsible for making fish oil so healthy.

Also, read: Is there a natural solution for chronic pain? Science says give hemp oil a chance

3. Provides the good fats that your body needs
Hemp seeds are rich in essential fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is an omega-3.

This largely maintains the required balance between omega-6 and omega-3s in the body. Moreover, they are low in saturated fats and contain no trans fats! Awesome, right?

4. Great for those who are on a keto diet
In three tablespoons serving of hemp seeds, there are just two grams of carbs. The mild, nutty flavour makes it the perfect thing to add to your oatmeal or toasts.

Dieters who are cutting on carbs to lose weight, hemp seeds might be your perfect pick.

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Have yummy avocado toasts topped with hemp seeds. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here are simple ways to incorporate these tiny brown seeds in your everyday diet:

  • Sprinkle seeds over cereal or yogurt
  • Grind the seeds and add to your smoothies
  • Make hemp milk at home using whole seeds, water, coconut sugar and vanilla extract. Blend together all the ingredients and you’ll get dense and rich hemp milk.
  • Use hemp seed oil to make salads
  • Consume them raw! You’ll love the crunch

So, make the most of these tiny seeds and reap their weight loss benefits.

1 Comment

  1. Hi Shreya,
    I have heard of all the good effects of hemp; but where can we find this in New Delhi? Thanks!

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.