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Hemp — available in seeds, nuts, protein powder, and oil — can easily be added to your favorite meals to skyrocket the nutritional value.
Why it’s healthy: Hemp oil is more loaded with essential fatty acids (omega-6 and omega-3) than any other oil. These ‘good’ fats can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and a host of other chronic diseases. Hemp is also packed with complete protein (again, the type with all nine amino acids), making it an excellent choice for vegetarians and vegans, says nutritionist Torey Jones, RD.
How to eat it: Toss two tablespoons of hemp seeds into your oatmeal or stir-fry. Or add them to a smoothie for an extra dose of protein.
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