Basic Reasons to Use Hemp Foods and Cosmetics
Hempseed is one of the
most perfect sources for human nutrition in all of nature. In addition
to its excellent flavor profile, the seed meat protein supplies
all essential amino acids in an easily digestible form and with
a high protein efficiency ratio. Hemp oil offers high concentrations
of the two essential fatty acids (EFA's) in a perfect ratio of the
omega-3/omega-6 acids. This superior nutritional profile makes hemp nut and oil ideal for a wide range of functional food applications
and as an effective fatty acid supplement. Not surprisingly, hemp nut and oil are increasingly used in natural food products,
such as corn chips, nutrition bars, hummus, nondairy milks, breads
The high and balanced
essential fatty acid content of hemp oil also makes it ideal as
a topical ingredient in both leave-on and rinse-off body care products.
The EFA's help soothe and restore skin in lotions and creams and
give excellent emolliency and smooth afterfeel to lotions, lip balms,
conditioners, shampoos, soaps and shaving products.
Estimated retail sales
for hemp food and body care products in the U.S. exceeded $25 million
in 2000, up from less than $1 million in the early 1990's.