Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hemp Hearts & Weight Loss

I read that many people who start their day out with a nutritious and balanced meal and a hefty helping of hemp hearts – usually in a salad or on raw oatmeal, in yogurt or in fruit, notice a significant difference in their health and energy. They experience diminished appetites and ample energy to get them through the day. They also notice reduced cravings for sweets and snacks and find it easier to avoid starchy foods, probably because of the high protein content in hemp hearts. In the long run, they can expect improved health in terms of arthritis, diabetes, obesity, energy, blood pressure, and so on.

It is also possible to lose up to one pound per day by eating a large raw breakfast with hemp hearts, then substituting a pot of tea for lunch, and for dinner, a large vegetable salad without dressing. Eating like this is only necessary if you want to lose substantial weight because of the daily calorie deficiency. It is reported that people have lost up to 50 pounds in 50 days following this method.

If you’re not trying to lose weight, you can eat a lot more and not gain weight, BUT you would have to avoid consuming processed “stuff” as well as food containing sugar, flour, potatoes, rice and pasta. Hemp hearts are an excellent source of balanced proteins and essential fats, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to avoid carbs and starches.

Comparing Hemp Hearts to Other Foods

Hemp hearts are a superior vegetarian source of protein that is considered easily digestible, and they contain more required amino acids, thus proteins, than milk, meat or eggs. I don’t drink milk or eat meat, but I do enjoy an egg on occasion, so by adding hemp hearts to my diet, I am supplying the mythical “deficiency of protein in a vegan diet.”

Hemp hearts are much more balanced and digestible than Soy products. I wouldn’t eat Soy if you paid me, so I’m happy to hear this! (Side note: I read that over 90% of soy products and 70% of corn is grown from genetically modified seeds. Plus, soy is practically grown in pesticides. No thanks!)

Nature's highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil. I like the idea of eating hemp hearts over taking a Tablespoon of flaxseed oil every night! Hemp hearts are MUCH tastier!! And there are so many ways you can incorporate them into your diet.

The more I read about Hemp hearts, the more amazed I am. The benefits are astounding. Since I want to achieve substantial health, I decided to put hemp hearts to the test. Okay, so it’s only been one day but this is what happened today.


I made a nice big salad this morning of romaine, carrots, broccoli, snow peas, bean sprouts, red cabbage, cucumbers, red bell pepper, 3 TBSP of hemp hearts and dressing of flaxseed oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice. I wasn’t even ¾ of the way through my salad and I had to use the bathroom … TWICE before I left for work! Dang, that’s fast!! I also started to cough up mucus.

I made a liter of organic lemonade to bring to work in place of lunch. While at work, I had to empty my bladder four times plus had another bm.

When I got home, I had some raw “spaghetti” made with zucchini, raw marinara and another two TBSP of hemp hearts. I’ve had to empty my bladder four more times since I've been home. I can certainly see how you would lose weight consuming hemp hearts! Including hemp hearts in my diet for one day seems to have triggered a pretty good detox! And I can concur with the diminished appetite and sustained energy.

This post has kinda gone into the toilet, hasn’t it?!!


  1. I started using hemp hearts today, didn't notice that much movement, but will continue to use as a healthy alternate. I just recently became a vegetarian, so this will help in the process. I will keep you posted.

  2. Hi Sogolocs, It seems to be most effective when you sprinkle the hemp hearts on a salad and use flax seed oil/fresh lemon juice/salt & pepper as a dressing. Definitely keep me posted. God bless.

  3. I still can't believe we have to import this into the USA! Such a nutritiously dense food, and not to mention the other thousands of products from hemp! WOW... cannabis hemp is to valuable to be prohibited from cultivation or even possession by citizens of the land of the free! Hemp for Victory... AGAIN!

  4. I hear ya, iversativa, but it seems "the powers that be" don't approve of things that are beneficial to us; only things that are highly toxic and detrimental to our health. Sad.