What are the benefits of Hemp seeds for Toddlers?

August 23, 2011 at 8:31 am 1 comment

When it comes to your toddler, you want to provide him with the best foods to help him grow and develop. But if your toddler is picky, you might look for foods that help maximize his nutrients. Hemp seeds are high in protein and essential fatty acids and make a healthy addition to your toddlers diet.

GOOD Hemp Seeds are grown right here in the UK, they are tiny, tasty and packed full of protein and omegas… it’s nothing but goodness. Hemp is a healthy superfood, containing all 20 amino acids with the perfect balance of Omega 3 to 6 that help maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

It is easy to incorporate the seeds into any meal. They have a delicious, light and nutty flavor so you can eat them as a healthy snack or sprinkled on cereals, soups and salads. Also great in stir-fries and with ice-cream too!

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Complete Source of Protein

Protein is an essential nutrient for your toddler. Adequate intakes promote growth and development. Toddlers need about 13 g of protein a day. Hemp seeds are a good source of protein, providing 11 g per 3 tbsp. serving, meeting nearly 100 percent of your toddler’s daily needs. Not only is hemp a good source of protein, but it is also one of only a few plant foods that provide all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein.

Source of Essential Fatty Acids

Hemp seeds are high in fat, containing 13.5 g of total fat in a 3-tbsp. serving. However, hemp seeds are a good source of the essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. In fact, hemp seeds contain the ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6, which is 3 to 1. Omega-3 fatty acids are especially important to your toddler’s growing brain and also help promote normal growth and development. Although it may not be a concern now, omega-3 fatty acids also help reduce inflammation and lower risk of heart disease and cancer.

Source of Iron

Hemp seeds are also a good source of iron, providing 2.88 mg per 3-tbsp. serving. Toddlers need about 7 mg of iron a day. Iron is an essential mineral toddlers need to help carry oxygen throughout their bodies, as well as for normal growth and development. Toddlers are one of the groups at risk of not getting enough iron in their diets, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. Inadequate intakes of iron in a toddler’s diet can cause a slowdown in both cognitive and social development.

Source of Zinc

A 3-tbsp. serving of hemp seeds contains 3.5 mg of zinc. Toddlers need only 3 mg of zinc a day to meet their needs. Zinc, like iron, is also an essential mineral necessary for normal growth and development. It also promotes wound healing, helping your toddler’s cuts heal. Adequate intakes of zinc also support immune health, which helps your child fight off illness.

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