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14 Uses and Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Although hemp seeds are not new to existence, their use has gained popularity relative to their health benefits. Get the seedy information on those infamous hemp seeds here!


Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, now hemp seeds? Although hemp seeds are not new to existence, their use has gained popularity relative to their health benefits. Get the seedy information on those infamous hemp seeds here!

What Is Hemp?

The general population misperceive cannabis and hemp and often use the terms synonymously. But when it comes to cannabis, hemp and marijuana are vastly different relative to their genetics, THC contents, cultivation practices, and legalities. Rest assured, the consumption of hemp products and seeds will not produce psychoactive consequences. Since the THC content is so miniscule, detecting it in the urine can be thought as "finding a needle in a haystack." Luckily, finding hemp seeds for use and health benefits is extensively more convenient!

How to Use

Needing a little hemp seed creativity? Let these uses of hemp seeds inspire you!

1. Throw in Salads

Add some healthful crunch to your next salad! Skip those fried croutons and replace with hemp seeds for those infamous healthful fats.

2. Make Pesto Sauce

Traditional pesto sauces are created with pine nuts. To increase the protein content of pesto, swap out pine nuts for hemp seeds. Top whole grain noodles, chicken, and vegetables with this alternative pesto sauce.

3. Add in Homemade Granola

Make granola at home to drastically cut unnecessary sugars and fats that are often found in prepackaged bags. Use granola to top oatmeal and Greek yogurt.

4. Sprinkle over Cereal

Amplify the protein of cereal with hemp seeds. The nutty flavor compliments and accelerates a crunchy, hearty bowl of whole grain cereal.

5. Seedy Bananas

For a naturally sweet snack packed with protein, roll a peeled banana in your favorite nut butter. Add crunch by sprinkling on hemp seeds.

6. Healthified Cookies

Have a cookie sweet tooth? Fill that craving and avoid unwanted calories with these healthified cookies rich in protein and flavor.

7. Throw in Smoothies

Smoothies are excellent canvases to embrace protein and nutrients. Throw in hemp seeds for a protein-packed smoothie with a creamy mouthful. Since hemp seeds are slightly nutty in flavor, bananas are an excellent pairing option but let the creativity flow!

8. Eat from the Bag

Hemp seed alone is a superior well-balanced snack. For an easy-to-store snack, keep a bag of hemp seeds in your work drawer or in the car.

Health Benefits

Discover how the uses of hemp seeds contribute to health benefits!

9. Vegan-Friendly

When animal meats are absent in the diet, there is an increased risk of not reaching sufficient protein intake. Hemp seeds are a plant-based protein that offers all essential amino acids. Three tablespoons of hemp seeds provide a whopping 10 grams of protein.

10. Cell Protection

Hemp seeds contain powerful antioxidants the body needs to combat and fight against damaging molecules. Preventing cell damage can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other diseases.

11. Boosts Immune Function

Hemp seeds are rich in globulin, an important protein to synthesize antibodies. The presence of antibodies in the blood helps the body fight against infection.

12. Heart Healthy

Hemp seeds contain those "healthy" fats we keep hearing about. Specifically, the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Three tablespoons provide approximately 10 grams of omega-3 and 6's, 10 times more than the advice given to people with heart disease at 1 gram of fish oil.

13. Diabetes Management

For those with type 2 diabetes, or even at risk for diabetes, hemp seeds can help control blood glucose or sugar levels.

14. Promotes Digestive Health

Hemp seeds contain adequate amounts dietary fiber. Fiber plays a role in not only heart health, but can keep the digestive working sufficiently and improve bowel regularity.

Written By Sarah Asay, RDN. Published on June 27, 2016. Updated on July 21, 2016.


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