Following the launch of new Amandín Organic Walnut Cream with Hemp, today we’re going to talk about its nutritional properties. This won’t be the first time you’ve heard of this plant, but do you really know what hemp seeds are? Where do they come from and what are their nutritional properties and benefits if you make them part of your diet?

Hemp seeds come from the Cannabis Sativa plant. The varieties of this plant intended for industrial and food use are called industrial hemp. Its content of tetrahidrocannabinol (THC), a cannabinoid with psychoactive effects, is practically zero (0.2 %) compared to other sub-species or varieties of the Cannabis Sativa plant from which marihuana is made (0.5-5%) (1).

Hemp is a plant that has been used by humans for thousands of years: its uses include making ropes, cloth and even paper. It is a very useful plant and adapts to all kinds of soil, even those poor in minerals, and needs no pesticides to protect it while growing.

But we don’t just use it to make paints and oils – you can also add it to your cooking and your recipes! Hemp seeds can be eaten whole, as an ingredient in biscuits or bread, crushed as a condiment for salads or soups, or ground in the form of flour, for pizza dough, cakes or veggie burgers. We’ve added them to Amandín Walnut Cream to create a product that’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

While it’s true that you can find a range of creams with nuts and seeds in the shops, it’s quite unusual for them to be 100% organic, with no gluten, lactose or lactic proteins, cane sugar or vegetable fats like palm oil.

As we mentioned before, Walnut Cream with Hemp has a high content of omega-3 fatty acids, which can in turn be classified into short chain omega-3 and long chain omega-3. Long chain omega-3 fatty acids are found in oily fish and short chain omega-3 fatty acids are mainly present in vegetable oils and walnuts. A daily intake of 2g of alpha-linolenic acid, found in these products, helps to keep blood cholesterol levels normal (2).

Also, new Organic Walnut Cream with Hemp gives you a high unsaturated (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) fat content. Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats in your diet helps you to keep cholesterol levels in your blood normal.

 

And to celebrate this new nut cream, why don’t we try it out in a recipe?

 

Vegetable wrap with Organic Walnut Cream with Hemp

Ingredients

 

Step by step

  1. Spread the Walnut Cream with Hemp over one side of the maize tortilla.
  2. Put a handful of baby spinach leaves on the base, then the grated raw carrot and beetroot, a few cubes of feta cheese and finally sprinkle the boiled quinoa over it.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Roll up the tortilla carefully and that’s it!

 

*Sources:

  1. Fundació Canna. http://www.fundacion-canna.es/beneficios-nutricionales-semillas-canamo
  2. EU regulation no. 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and Council of 25th October 2011. https://www.boe.es/doue/2011/304/L00018-00063.pdf