HempNut To The Rescue

HempNut: the original generic name for shelled hempseed

One way to move the millions of pounds of hempseed still sitting in bins from the past few seasons in Canada is by making a 1-kilogram re-sealable brick of a flexible gas-flushed package of HempNut (the original generic name for shelled hempseed, branded by Richard Rose in 1996). Donate it or sell at cost for homeless and disaster relief. With seed currently as low as 10¢/#, the cost of goods would be below $2/kg, less than $1/pound.

I suggest using adhesive stickers to place ads or messages on one side (providing a “halo effect”), mandatory statements printed on the other. One kg would contain 330 grams of protein and 80 grams of omega-3. At 50 g of protein per day that kg would be almost a week’s supply, just add fibrous carbohydrates and a local fat source.

While the current hempseed processors have fat margins and show no signs of conceding, a smart startup could make it their Mission to help the farmers and feed the world hempseed, cheaply. It could even be a nonprofit entity buying seed and processing it.

Calculating the NNR score (naturally nutrient-rich) of HempNut, and HempNut plus a vitamin/mineral premix common in the food industry, equalizing for 2,000 calories per day consumption, this is what it looks like:

The NNR score is quite high, 21.1 and 25.9 respectively. Compare that to the highest score in “Food selection criteria for disaster response planning in urban societies” (Nutrition Journal, May 2015) of 28.1 for dry cereal (Cornflakes® or Cheerios® at 3/4 cup; Shredded Wheat® at 1/2 cup; or granola at 1/4 cup), and 13.9 for second-highest, fresh vegetables. Additionally, HempNut can be used in almost any recipe or eaten plain with no preparation. Another bonus is HempNut provides a large quantity of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA or omega-3), almost 18 times the recommended daily value of 1.6 grams, in 100 g.

Adding in the Disaster Response Diet Scoring aspect, HempNut scores an 11 out of a possible 12 points. Again, only dry cereals score slightly higher, at 12, but to be realistic, who is going to eat dry cereal with no milk daily, whereas HempNut could be eaten with anything, or even straight from the package.

The only modification I made is that the NNR Score creators used Monounsaturated fats as one of the 14 nutrients, I replaced it with Total Fats, because HempNut is very low in non-essential monounsaturated and saturated fats, but very high in essential polyunsaturated fats (omega-6 and -3).

Click to read more:

Food selection criteria for disaster response planning in urban societies

Concept of a nutritious food: toward a nutrient density score 

Nutrient Density: A Tool to Communicate Healthier Choices 

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