Where To Buy Hemp Seeds – Our Top 5 Products
Hemp seed sales are booming, as these little seeds are packed with nutrients and can be used in many ways. Hemp seeds contain protein and fiber, as well as Omega 3 and 6 and Vitamin E. These combine to lower the chances of heart attacks and strokes, reduce the effects of inflammatory autoimmune diseases, and have even been known to reduce symptoms of the menopause.
These wonder seeds are easily ingested by adding them to your everyday cooking. Check out our range of delicious hemp seed recipes for ideas, including a super easy hummus, a decadent cheesecake and a scrumptious pecan pie.
How to Choose the Right Hemp Seed
With so many hemp seed products on the market, it can be confusing to know which to buy. We’ve picked out the top 5 products to compare them over the course of this guide. But first, let’s learn some hemp seed basics.
Your first choice is to decide between hulled (sometimes called shelled) hemp seed or non-hulled. Eating hemp seeds hull on is perfectly safe, but most people prefer to eat the seeds hulled. If you need to hull hemp seeds yourself, then read this guide. Hulled hemp is often sold as hemp hearts.
The best quality hemp hearts are from Canada. They are known for their nutty taste and have a softer texture in comparison to seeds from other countries. All our top 5 products are from Canada and are hemp hearts.
You need to look out for the following things on hemp seed packaging to ensure you are buying the best product. Nutritional information is usually given per 30g serving. Check the following:
- That there is around 11g of protein per 30g serving.
- That there is at least 1g of fiber per 30g serving. Hemp hearts contain less fiber than hull-on, as fiber is stored in the hull.
- How much of Omega 3 and 6 there is.
The other checks concern organic and non-GMO certifications. Here’s a breakdown of what each certification means.
- Certified USDA Organic - means 95% or more of the product must be organic.
- Certified Canada Organic - essentially the same as above but only available for products produced in Canada.
- Non-GMO Verified - an extra quality standard that food producers can apply to. If a product is already USDA certified then it does not contain GMO ingredients.
- Certified B Corp - only available to private companies who meet strict social and ethical standards. Find out more on their site.
The final check is how much the hemp hearts cost per gram. Divide the dollar amount by grams and ignore the ‘cost per container size’ claims as sizes differ across brands.
You can find the main features of each hemp heart brand in this comparison table. For a closer look at each brand, check out the mini reviews later on in this guide.
Grams of protein per 30g serving
Grams of fiber per 30g serving
Omegas 3 and 6 per 30g serving
Certified B Corp
Top 5 Hemp Seeds
1. Manitoba Harvest
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds, come in a 12-pack of 2oz sachets. They are Non-GMO and gluten free. Manitoba Harvest has one of the highest amounts of protein of our 5, with 10g per 30g serving. They contain 12g of Omega 3 and 6, also one of the highest on our list.
Nutiva Organic, Raw, Shelled Hempseed comes from sustainably farmed Canadian hemp and is non-GMO. You can buy Nutiva in 5 pound bags. Nutiva is rich in protein with 10g per 30g serving, but unfortunately information on Omega 3 and 6 is not available.
Navitas Organics Raw Hemp Seeds, come in a 12 pack of 3oz. Pouches. This product only has 8g of protein per 30g serving and does not provide information on its Omega 3 and 6 content, however it does have all the organic, ethical and non-GMO certification.
4. Just Hemp Foods
Just Hemp Foods provides ‘100% Natural Hulled Hemp Seeds’ in a 3 pack deal, with each pack weighing 1.5lb. Just Hemp has 10g of protein and 12g of Omega 3 and 6 per 30g serving, making it one of the best nutritionally of our 5. However, it does not have organic certifications, although it is non-GMO verified.
5. Eternae By Nature
Eternae By Nature Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds are sold in a 2 pack deal of 32 ounces each. They score high on protein, with 10g per 30g serving, but lower on Omega 3 and 5, with only 10.6g per 30g serving, unlike other brands 12g.
By reading this review of the top 5 Hemp Seed products, you should now have a better understanding of what to look for when shopping. Go for hemp hearts which have been hulled and are easy to add to meals for a nutty flavor and a big hit of nutrients.
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