Food Science and Nutrition Department
BS in Nutrition
Hemp has been utilized by many societies around the world yet is currently absent in U.S. food production. The paper described and assessed various sources to aggregate hemp seed composition data and to decipher hemp seed consumption effect on health. There are copious components in hemp seeds that are discussed; some beneficial to human health as well as some anti-nutritional components that interfere. Numerous articles were analyzed and aspects of each were compiled to provide a source to assess the effectiveness of hemp seed as a nutritious source. Many components found in hemp seeds are found to be beneficial to human health and discussed in detail; from high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), to complete, digestible proteins, to present micro-nutrients and to the “contaminant” cannabinoids. Hemp contains many nutriments that could help nourish a healthy nation and combat this nation’s diet-related disease problem, plus the plant easy to grow and can be beneficial to the environment. This paper demonstrates the multi-purposefulness of hemp and how it can be utilized beyond production of hemp seeds.