The Once-illegal Hemp Making a Comeback as a Superfood in Singapore

 

            “Add-on chia seeds in my orange juice.”

 

            “How about hemp seeds this time?”

 

            “Hemp seeds? What is that?”

 

            Did the above scenarios sound familiar to you? Chia seeds is getting common as one of today’s superfood in Singapore (I got a friend who really loves chia seeds added in her Boost Juice), but for hemp seeds, perhaps many do not even hear of this before.

 

            So what is hemp seeds? What makes it a superfood? Is it safe to be consumed?

 

#1        Hemp seeds IS NOT marijuana although they are from the same plant species

 

            Although hemp and marijuana have similar appearance and smell, however, they differ distinctively from each other in terms of their genetic, chemical compound, and uses.

 

The main difference that distinguishes hemp and marijuana is the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the component in marijuana that gets you high and sends you to death if you are caught having it in Singapore. On the other hand, the level of THC in hemp is < 0.3% and is virtually absent.

 

In conclusion, hemp seeds won’t make you high.

 

#2        Hemp seeds have high nutrient profile

 

            Hemp seeds contain the complete 9 essential amino acids which our body can’t produce. In addition, they are rich in minerals such as magnesium, zinc and iron, which are all needed in maintaining our general body health. And they are an extremely good source for fiber as well! (Hemp is originally cultivated for its fiber).

 

They contain good fats (omega-3 and omega-6) for your cardiovascular health and in providing your body energy. Gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential omega-6 fatty acid which is rare in many other food, makes hemp seeds a new cherished health food in Singapore.

 

#3        You won’t be sent to jail for eating hump seeds

             

            Hemp was banned in the United States in 1937 due to its ‘classification’ as a drug. However, the cultivation of hemp is legalised in 2014 for industrial purpose and for its recognised health benefits. Thus it is absolutely safe, legal and beneficial to consume the long forgotten hump seeds for a fitter you!

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