Are hemp seeds Keto? Gluten Free? Paleo? FODMAP?

Are hemp seeds Keto? Gluten Free? Paleo? FODMAP?

We answer the question of... do hemp seeds fit with my diet?

So.. are hemp seeds Keto?
In a nutshell the ketogenic diet promotes a food regime that’s very​ ​low carb, high fat with some protein. Hemp seeds have a great balance of fat and protein. Due to a high fibre content they’re low in carbs so they do fit the brief for this diet.

98.9%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​carbohydrate​ ​component​ ​in​ ​Hemple​ ​High​ ​Fibre​ ​is​ ​coming​ ​from​ ​fibre, meaning​ ​it​ ​passes​ ​through​ ​the​ ​digestive​ ​system​ ​intact,​ ​leaving​ ​a​ ​net​ ​carbohydrate content​ ​at​ ​almost​ ​zero​ ​-​ ​less​ ​than​ ​any​ ​other​ ​nut​ ​or​ ​seed!

With a high, healthy fat content, hemp protein or seeds are a great replacement for oats in your morning grain-free porridge. We like to add psyllium husks, chia and hot water. Stir, then top with nuts, coconut yoghurt and a few blueberries for a perfect keto kickstart.

Are hemp seeds gluten free?
Yes! No gluten, no worries. Hemp seeds, like chia and flax are 100% gluten free and a great source of dietary fibre. Hemp flour is also a great baking choice for gluten free folk.

Are hemp seeds Paleo?
First of all, some paleo purists don’t recommend protein powders or vegetable proteins, preferring wild and grass fed animal-based sources. Loren Cordain is the father of the Paleo Movement.

On his website, ‘The Paleo Diet’ it reads... “Hemp in any whole food form, like any seed, should only be consumed moderately on the Paleo Diet. If you like the taste of shelled hemp seeds, you can sprinkle them over a green salad or add them to your homemade Paleo trail mix in addition to other nuts for a quick energy snack.”

In that case, we’d say - enjoy in moderation.

Since​ ​legumes,​ ​grains​ ​and​ ​dairy​ ​are​ ​technically​ ​not​ ​paleo,​ ​this​ ​rules​ ​out​ ​all​ ​whey,​ ​rice and​ ​pea-based​ ​proteins!​ ​All​ ​nuts​ ​and​ ​seeds​ ​are​ ​paleo,​ ​by​ ​the​ ​more​ ​widely​ ​accepted definition​ ​of​ ​paleo​ ​ie.​ ​not​ ​the​ ​purists.

Are hemp seeds FODMAP?
A low FODMAP diet can be recommended by a qualified doctor or dietician for people with IBS and candida amongst other ailments of the digestive system.

Shepherd Works, the website of Sue Shepherd, PhD, creator of the low FODMAP diet offers a list of foods suggested people to reduce if following the low FODMAP diet...

Excess Fructose: Honey, Apples, Mango, Pear, Watermelon, High Fructose Corn Syrup

Fructans: Artichokes (Globe), Artichokes(Jerusalem), Garlic (in large amounts), Leek, Onion (brown, white, Spanish, onion powder), Spring Onion (white part), Shallots, Wheat (in large amounts), Rye (in large amounts), Barley (in large amounts), Inulin, Fructo-oligosaccharides.

Lactose: Milk, icecream, custard, dairy desserts, condensed and evaporated milk, milk powder, yoghurt, soft unripened cheeses (eg. ricotta, cottage, cream, marscarpone).

Galacto-Oligosaccharides (GOS): Legume beans (eg. baked beans, kidney beans, bortolotti beans), Lentils, Chickpeas

Polyols: Apples, Apricots, Nectarines, Pears, Plums, Prunes, Mushrooms, sorbitol (420), mannitol (421), xylitol (967), maltitol (965) and isomalt (953).

There’s not a huge amount of data on the FODMAP status of hemp seeds or hemp seed protein, however people are advised to reduce isolated proteins which are chemically extracted as these can cause bloating and gas.

The good news is that hemp protein is cold pressed and naturally high in protein!

If​ ​you​ ​follow​ ​a​ ​low​ ​FODMAP​ ​diet​ ​and​ ​decide​ ​to​ ​try​ ​hemp​ ​protein,​ ​test​ ​your​ ​tolerance levels​ ​by​ ​starting​ ​with​ ​small​ ​doses.

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Jan 08, 2020 • Posted by Keira

Thanks for researching and posting this article. I’m looking for hemp seeds or hearts and love that there’s an Aussie supplier. I believe that as more people waken to the benefits of keto and hemp foods the market will increase.

Feb 24, 2018 • Posted by Karen Taylor

I would like to know if there is any chance of opening a shop in the seven hills Blacktown area it would do very well in the outer west because i would love to run a very good health shop

Nov 13, 2017 • Posted by Georgie

Hi there,

Could you please share your recipe for keto/paleo porridge ! Can’t wait to make it.


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