Hemp Hearts: The Nutrition World’s Best Kept Secret

One food that you should start adding to your diet almost immediately, if you want to optimize fat burning along with your overall health level, are hemp hearts.  Many people completely overlook this food simply because they are not aware of it or they fear it's fat content (foolish!).

Hemp hearts offer a huge dose of nutrition, so it’s something to be making good use of in your diet program.

Let’s have a closer look at what hemp hearts are and give you an idea of how you can incorporate them into your day.

What Are Hemp Hearts 

Hemp hearts are essentially shelled hemp seeds and appear very similar to that of sesame seeds. As other hemp products have become very popular in the human diet, more and more people are turning to this food to offer other nutritional advantages.

They are a very well rounded nutrition dense food, so can offer great potential to just about anyone’s diet plan.

Per 4 tbsp serving, they contain about 240 calories, 15 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of carbs, of which, 2.5 is dietary fiber, and a whopping 15 grams of protein. This is more protein than in any other seed or nut, so for those increasing their protein intake, this is a great food to consider adding to your diet.

In addition to that, they also provide 2 mg of iron, 31 mg of calcium, 3.8 mg of vitamin E, 956 IU’s of vitamin D, 42 mg of vitamin C, 0.05 mg of vitamin B6, 0.14 mg of vitamin B2, 0.58 mg of vitamin B1, and 1.68 IU’s of vitamin A.

The Benefits Of Eating Hemp Hearts 

So what are some of the benefits to eating hemp hearts?  The first main benefit is the fact they will help to promote higher overall energy levels.  Since they contain a good dose of healthy fat content, they’ll keep your energy levels stable, rather than producing highs and lows like other high-carb foods would.

In addition to that, they can help to decrease your overall appetite, thus aiding in weight loss, due to the fact that they do contain that combination of healthy fats along with added protein.  Both of these nutrients working together offer superior hunger reducing benefits.

They are also great for helping to lower your cholesterol level due to their healthy fat component and can help to ward off diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease because of the essential fatty acids they contain.

They’ve also been shown to help people who are dealing with depression overcome this disorder and can also help out those who are suffering from high blood pressure bring their measurement down to a more normal range.

Serving Suggestions 

So how can you eat this powerful food? One of the best methods of serving up hemp hearts is to sprinkle them into your favorite recipes.  You’ll hardly notice them in there but your nutritional intake will be much higher.  Or, what I love, is to add them into my Shakeology recipes or topping them over a bowl of yogurt.

They can also be added to salads or vegetables or even used to coat chicken instead of using bread crumbs before baking <<–YUMM!!.

All in all, if you’re willing to get creative, there are a number of ways that you can serve up this well-rounded, nutritious food.

Your partner in health & fitness, 










  1. Doug Starr says:

    Taryn, where are you buying your Hemp Hearts?  Just curious if you are happy with them.

  2. Doug I either get them at Costco or Whole Foods. I enjoy them.

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