Hemp seed flour: definition and use
Hemp seed flour, also known as hemp flour, is obtained by the grinding and sifting of hemp seeds.
It is therefore a natural food, appreciated for its rich nutritional intake and beneficial effects, especially when compared to traditional wheat flour.
Dolomiti BioHemp cannabis flour is an organic food, coming from hemp seeds grown in the Dolomites, without using hazardous substances that can be a threat to the health and life of individuals and our environment. It is therefore the ideal product for anyone who wants to follow a healthy and natural diet.
Moreover, thanks to its particular taste and specific properties, it is also suitable for people suffering from food intolerances or following particular dietary regimes. For example, you can integrate it in vegan and vegetarian diets, as well as in raw food-based diets.
Does hemp flour contain gluten?
This is one of our most frequently asked questions and we will answer it right away.
Absolutely not! There is no gluten content in hemp flour. In fact, its proteins do not contain glutenin or gliadin. Therefore, it is perfect for people having more or less severe intolerances to gluten that can consequently consume extremely small amounts of it, but also for celiac disease sufferers forced to avoid any food containing gluten.
In these cases, hemp seed flour is a real blessing and a great substitute for traditional ingredients if you still want to create delicious foods. Using hemp flour, you can cook a multitude of gluten-free recipes that will satisfy any taste. Lovers of sweet or savory, baked goods or fresh products will always find delicious treats – even the most discerning palates!
Hemp flour: nutritional values and main nutrients
However, there is another reason why hemp seed flour is so popular: its high nutritional values make it one of the most complete and healthy flours on the market.
Just look at the main nutrients contained in each 100 grams of Dolomiti BioHemp flour:
- 4 gr of protein: the most important energy nutrient
- 58 grams of fiber: an extremely high content, very important for our intestinal well-being
- 9 gr of fat of which 0.9 gr of saturated fat with an optimal 3:1 ratio between Omega 6 and Omega 3
- 46,6 gr of carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars
- 00 mg of sodium, as well as other minerals including iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
Cannabis flour is also one of the rare natural products containing all the essential amino acids for our body.
Furthermore, when compared to 00-type wheat flour, calories in hemp flour are more than 20% lower and come primarily from protein, not complex carbohydrates.
Hemp flour: properties and beneficial effects
The main properties of hemp flour derive precisely from its special nutritional composition. Since it is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6, it helps the optimal functioning of our heart, circulatory system and brain, acting as an excellent antioxidant for the entire body. Dolomiti BioHemp flour is indeed effective in strengthening the immune system and preventing cardiovascular disorders.
The high presence of fibers, instead, improves intestinal regularity and the maintenance of the correct level of cholesterol. Besides, thanks to the consumption of hemp flour, the glycemic index will become more stable and its values will be optimal.
However, the benefits of hemp flour are not over yet. As already mentioned, this flour contains less calories than a common wheat flour and it is suitable for people following a low-calorie diet. It is also more digestible than some cereal flours, such as soy flour.
Last but not the least, since hemp flour is an excellent vegetable protein source, it represents a precious energy source to integrate the diet of vegetarians, vegans, but also people not following particular diets.
Does hemp flour have any contraindications?
Healthy, natural and safe: here are the three adjectives that best define our hemp flour. Therefore, there are virtually no contraindications. In accordance with current legislation, our cannabis flour is THC-free, completely legal and does not cause any psychoactive effects.
Therefore, there are only very limited restrictions regarding its use. Only the very rare hemp allergy sufferers shall avoid hemp flour.
Highly sensitive people may instead register digestive disorders, diarrhea or cramps, although these symptoms are always very light and caused by an abuse of the product. These are only minor and temporary discomforts, easy to get over and nearly always preventable with responsible product consumption.
If you have any concern regarding severe diseases or pregnancy/breastfeeding, you should always seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional.
Hemp flour in light and tasty recipes
If you do not knack how to use hemp flour, here are some tasty tips.
You can use it as a natural thickener for soups and puddings, or even for flouring foods. It is also a key ingredient in many gluten-free or vegan recipes, such as hemp burgers or tofu.
If you like smoothies and extracts, we recommend adding a few teaspoons of hemp seed flour as a protein supplement. The recommended serving size is a maximum of 2 to 3 teaspoons per day, per person.
However, the most popular recipes with hemp flour regard baked goods. Our cannabis flour can be used to make bread, cookies, homemade pasta and sweet or savory pies.
To ensure optimal leavening, we recommend a minimum amount of hemp seed flour (about 10%) combined with other types of flours. However, if you want to make a gluten-free product, you can use only hemp flour. Its delicate taste, with notes of hazelnut, gives a particularly mouth-watering taste to any dish.
In short, if you use hemp flour you can create vegan, vegetarian, ethnic or traditional recipes, so let your imagination run wild!