“It’s that time of year again – when we are inundated with information about what the next great wellness blogger will be instagramming non-stop as a cure-all for, well, all.
So what do the experts make of this year’s biggest trends – hemp, proats, flexatarianism, adaptogens and seaweed? I spoke to nutritionist Catherine Saxelby from Foodwatch to find out.”
On November 12, hemp was legalised in Australia for human consumption after more than 15 years of lobbying from the hemp industry and Healthy Life became among the first in Australia to stock hemp food products including Green Path Organics hemp protein powder and Made in Hemp protein powder, seeds and oil. Rich in protein, essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins, including large amounts of magnesium, manganese, fibre and folate, hemp has a five-star health rating and is the second highest source of vegetable protein in the world.
It also has a complete amino acid profile, including all nine essential amino acids which the human body can’t produce on its own and Omega 3, 6 and 9 which are critical for brain, skin and joint health. Hemp is also a rare source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is a type of Omega 6 well regarded for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Now that it’s legal to consume hemp food products, expect to see hemp protein being combined with porridge, muesli, tea or blended into smoothies. With more nutrients than coconut and olive oil combined, hemp oil can also be used on salads or as a finishing oil while hemp seeds, with their earthy taste, can be sprinkled on any meal to add an instant nutritional punch. Despite what many may believe, hemp contains very little or no delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive component of cannabis – which means you won’t get high eating it.