There’s currently a lot of buzz about the ketogenic diet in the wellness world, but what exactly is it? The ketogenic diet works on the premise that the body can burn it’s own fat as a primary source of fuel rather than relying on glycogen, which we usually get from eating carbohydrates. In order to reach a state of fat-burning ketosis, a person eats a diet that is high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbs.
Apart from reaching ketosis, low-carb foods may also be beneficial for those who are following a diabetic-friendly diet as well. In general, the western diet is full of added sugars and eating some low-carb meals that are devoid of added sugars can assist in improving overall wellness.
What makes hemp seeds the best low-carb superfood?
1. Ideal Macronutrient Ratio
Hemp seeds are low in carbs containing only 2g per 30g serve. The fat to protein to carb ratio is also ideal for following the ketogenic diet with 14 g of fat and 10 g of protein per 30g serve.
2. Good Source Of Digestible Protein
Hemp seeds contain 50g of protein per 100g serve. Furthermore, they are easy for the body to digest and assimilate.
3. Full Of Healthy Fats
The problem with high-fat diets is that some types of fat are damaging to our health. The quality of the fat contained in hemp seeds is very high. They contain the ideal ratio of healthy polyunsaturated fats such as omega 3, 6 and 9. Hemp seeds also don’t contain any cholesterol.
4. Rich In A Broad Spectrum Of Micronutrients
One of the issues with a high-fat diet is that people may not be getting enough micronutrients. This is easily remedied by eating a diet that is full of organic, plant-based wholefoods. Hemp seeds are nutrient-rich, containing significant levels of iron, magnesium, thiamine, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese and vitamin E.
5. High In Fibre
Another issue with a traditional ketogenic and low-carb diets is a lack of dietary fibre. Enjoying organic, plant-based wholefoods also ensures that you get plenty of fibre, which aids in the elimination processes of the body. Hemp seeds contain 2g of dietary fibre per 30g serve.
If you are about to embark on a low-carb eating plan, then hemp seeds are the ideal superfood to help you meet your nutritional requirements each day. For ideas on how to incorporate hemp seeds into your diet, refer to my favourite vegan & keto hemp recipes on this website as well as www.sadhanakitchen.com & www.mazvalcorza.com.
Guest Blog written by Maz Valcorza - Author of Uncooked & The Naked Vegan, Maz has been working with healthy vegan and allergy friendly foods for the last 6 years. Maz is also an Everyday Vegan on www.everydayvegan.tv where her role is to create and run online courses teaching viewers how to make healthy and delicious vegan food. She loves food and lives for sharing how easy and awesome it is to connect with ourselves, each other and our planet through nourishing our bodies and souls..... follow Maz on instagram.