Health food stores, supermarkets, and even big-box retailers in the United States are discovering that consumers are willing to explore the nutritional side of a plant better known for its fiber content and controversy: hemp.
Food and fiber uses for industrial hemp are growing rapidly and have increased by more than 300 percent in the past few years, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center at Iowa State University. This is due in large part to hemp food products.
Manitoba Harvest founder Mike Fata lost more than 120 pounds after switching to a diet supplemented with hemp fat and protein. Now, he tries to spread the word about how versatile the hemp plant is and why it makes such a superior source of nutrition.