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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