Questions and Answers
Healing Source answers Frequently Asked Questions about Hemp Hearts (TM) Foods
NOTE: Our original HEMP HEARTS™ (see the picture on the left) IS NOT not the same product you can get from some retail stores with the same name (see picture below).
Hemp Hearts™ (shelled hemp seed)
History of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds)
What exactly are HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds)and how are they made?
What is the recommended daily amount?
Do HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) require refrigeration and what is their shelf life?
Are HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) gluten free?
Are HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) high in cholesterol?
Are HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) easy to digest?
Are HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) safe for people with allergies?
Are HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) safe for animals?
What should be eaten with Hemp Hearts™ (shelled hemp seeds)?
What are your customers’ comments about HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) ?
Hemp Hearts Oil
Does Hemp Oil require refrigeration?
Is Hemp Oil high in cholesterol?
Can I cook with Hemp Oil?
Will heating Hemp Oil create trans-fats?
Hemp Hearts Bars
Do Hemp Bars require refrigeration?
What is shelf life of Hemp Bars?
Are Hemp Bars vegan (no dairy)?
Do Hemp Bars contain sugar?
Hemp Hearts Flakes and Powder
Does Hemp Flakes/Powder require refrigeration?
What is shelf life of Hemp Hearts Powder and Flakes?
How are Flakes and Powder made?
Hemp: Legal, Drug Testing, Safety and THC
What is Hemp?
Are Hemp Foods legal?
Is there THC in Hemp Foods?
Will I test positive with drug testing?
Are Hemp Foods safe to eat if I am pregnant?
Hemp Hearts: Organic vs. Identity Preserved
Are Hemp Foods certified organic?
Do you use herbicides or pesticides in growing Hemp?
Are there any chemicals used in making Hemp Foods?
Are Hemp Foods irradiated?
How are Hemp Foods preserved?
Is the cultivation of Hemp sustainable?
Shipping and Delivery
What are shipping and delivery times?
What are my shipping options?
What about shipping to a country not listed on your web site?
Can you ship to Australia and New Zealand?
Questions about HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds)
Q: What is history of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds)
A: Read this important article: History of Hemp HeartsTM (shelled hemp seeds) >>
Q: What exactly are HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) and how are they made?
A. HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) are raw, natural, shelled seeds of hemp. These are small seeds or nuts of the hemp plant – please see the pictures on our web site: http://www.healing-source.com/about_HempFoods.htm The hemp plant is also called “cannabis Sativa” but as an industrial plant grown for food, it has no THC, the active chemical that is in marijuana. Industrial hemp is grown for both food and fiber. Our hemp is grown in southern Alberta by farmers. It is cultivated like most grain crops with a combine harvester that removes the seeds. The shells of seeds are then removed mechanically and the soft nuts inside are packaged as HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds).
Q: What is the recommended daily amount?
A: For the best results, we recommend 4 – 5 tablespoons per day (42 – 55 g), taken in the morning. A 450 g / 1 lb. container of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) will last you about 10 days at this amount.
Q: Do HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) require refrigeration and what is their shelf life?
A: No. You do not need to refrigerate your HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) – they have a shelf life of up to 1 year, without refrigeration, even after the container is opened. There is enough natural preservative, in the form of Vitamin E, that keeps the HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) from going rancid, naturally.
Q: Are HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) gluten free?
A: Yes. HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) are ideal for gluten-free dietary needs.
Q: Are HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) high in cholesterol?
A: No. HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) are cholesterol free. The oil that is in HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) is the beneficial kind of essential fats – polyunsaturated Omega 3 and 6, in perfect balance for human beings.
Q: Are HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) easy to digest?
A: Yes. The protein in HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) is one of the most easily digestible proteins. In addition, HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) oil content plays important role. One of the principal factors in proper elimination is having adequate oil (as well as fibre and water) to lubricate the intestinal tract, and promote regularity.
Q: Are Hemp Hearts™ (shelled hemp seeds) safe for people with allergies?
A: There are no known allergies to Hemp Hearts (TM).
Q: Are Hemp Hearts™ (shelled hemp seeds) safe for animals?
A: Yes. Those who replace larger amounts of inferior grain-based starchy foods with smaller amounts of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) will usually produce sleek, trim, energetic, healthy animals. Significant consumption of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) is usually effective in reversing most health conditions characterized by poor circulation or inflammation. Older animals with diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and many disorders of the digestive system usually respond well to diets containing significant amounts of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds). Significant use of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) always results in superior hair and skin condition with greatly decreased shedding. Hair appears vibrant; Eczema, psoriasis and most other skin and hair conditions disappear. Those who feed HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) to older pets often notice that their pets have more energy but less aches and pains. Older pets usually act and appear as though they were much younger.
Racehorses and other animals used competitively often continue to exhibit improvements in performance after months of significant use of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds). Initial improvements may be due to the increased energy available with HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds); Continued improvements are often the result of increased circulation, reduced inflammation and more rapid recovery after strenuous competition and injury. Offspring of animals using HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) achieve their potential more completely and more rapidly. Pets that can not eat solid food can be fed Hemp Milk which is made by blending one part HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) with one or two parts water at high speed. Gradually introduce HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) to your pets in foods to which they are already accustomed. The portions of other pet foods can usually be reduced by at least two parts for each weight of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) added. Increase to a daily total of about four measuring tablespoons (32g. or 1.13 oz.) of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) for each 50 lbs (22.72 kg) of animal weight—more for high performance animals.
Q: What Should Be Eaten With HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds)?
Every cell in the human body needs a good balance of protein, essential fats, vitamins, minerals and enzymes—every morning. Those who feed their cells properly every morning will always be amazed at the excellent results.
Those who eat at least 5, perhaps 8, Heaping tablespoons of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) early each morning with salads made with spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, celery, ripe avocado, beans in the pod, alfalfa sprouts and bean sprouts—further flavored with cayenne pepper, garlic, lemon, lime and perhaps some yogurt—always experience best results.
More adventurous salad makers sometimes incorporate cabbage lettuce, kale, chives, water cress, endive, black radish, red beet, dandelion, sorrel, radish sprouts, soaked beans and chia sprouts.
Those who are in perfect health can add sufficient fruit and protein foods and tea and alcohol to increase their enjoyment of the vegetables above — but should nevertheless avoid starches or they will have watery stools when the starches and processed foods are swept along by digested HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) and long fiber foods.
Those who are concerned about their weight should consume their large salad as early as possible in the morning, and eat only a few vegetables without dressing in the early evening — if they are really hungry. On days when they do not wish to lose weight, those who are perfectly healthy may eat meats and fish and fruit and occasionally dessert with their evening vegetables — but never starches.
Cooked, ground, processed foods — especially starches — become pastes which are plastered on the walls of our digestive systems thus preventing the absorption of nutrients. The most recent food pastes are then forced to make worm holes through the older food pastes. Those who eat starches plug up occasionally, forcing their colons to expand to make passages around these obstructions. Surgeons often discover that obese starch-eaters have 50 pounds of 10 year old waste obstructing colons that have expanded in places to become up to ten inches in diameter. Colon hydro-therapists notice during treatments that starch and processed food eaters shed great quantities of solidified castings as they are dislodged with water from the walls of their digestive systems.
Do not eat cereals, breads, potatoes, pastas, rice or ground foods. Those who eat HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) in quantity with roughage early every morning will go to the bathroom after every meal; their stools will be yellow like those of a baby because they have not been retained long; they will experience perfect digestive health.
Those who avoid starches while supplying themselves every morning with all of the essential nutrients will have veins and arteries that expand and contract with each heartbeat keeping passages clean — resulting in low blood pressure, excellent circulation, improved body function and optimum mental capacity. They will not suffer from inflammatory conditions and will look much younger than their age. They will have abundant long lasting energy for good mental health and success .
Q: What are your customers’ comments about Hemp Hearts™ (shelled hemp seeds)?
A: Read this important article: Customer Comments and Feedback
Q: Does Hemp Oil require refrigeration?
A: No. Our pure, Clear Hemp Oil does not need to refrigerated. It has a shelf life of over 1 year. When the bottles are filled they are nitrogen blanketed to displace any oxygen or water vapour.
Q: Can I cook with Hemp Oil?
A: Yes. You can eat Clear Hemp Oil raw or cook with it. Use it as you would any other salad or cooking oil. It is one of the few cooking oils that will not smoke at high temperatures.
Q: Will heating Hemp Oil create trans-fats?
A: No. Laboratory tests ( available on request ) have concluded that there is no deterioration of Clear Hemp Oil unless temperatures are well above 250 degrees C (482 F) for much more than one-half hour or well above 200 degrees C (392 F) for longer than 16 hours. Pure Clear Hemp Oil is very stable contrary to public opinion. A lot of people compare it to Flax Oil which is very unstable.
Q: Do Hemp Bars require refrigeration?
A: No. Storing your Hemp Bars in a cool, dark place is recommended – direct sunlight and high temperatures might melt the chocolate.
Q: What is shelf life of Hemp Bars?
A: Hemp Bars have shelf life of 6 months (without refrigeration). Although refrigeration is not required we suggest keeping them in a fridge. We do not stock them since they are made fresh each day and shipped within a day or two so you can count 6 months from the day you received them.
Q: Are Hemp Bars vegan?
A: Yes. The chocolate in the Hemp Bars has no dairy – it is bittersweet (dark) chocolate.
Q: Do Hemp Bars contain sugar?
A: Yes. The dark chocolate in half of one bar contains 9 g of sugar, usually insignificant in comparison with the quantities of protein, essential fats and other valuable nutrients present.
Hemp Hearts Powder and Flakes
Q: What is shelf life of Hemp Hearts Flakes and Powder? Does this product require Refrigeration?
Never Harmful. Tastes best before 3 months from the date of order. Perfect taste for many years if stored frozen.
Q: What are Hemp Hearts Flakes and Powder and how they are made?
The Hemp Hearts Flakes are made by extracting oil from Hemp Hearts TM
The Hemp Hearts Powder is made by grinding Hemp Hearts Flakes into fine powder.
Unlike Competitors’ Processed Hemp Products, this product is Not Made With Sandy Textured Ground Shell Material.
Wonderful with berries and cream, fruit and yogurt, any salad, any snack—any desert.
With much less fat than Hemp Hearts (TM), does not lubricate the digestive system too much to be used with starches and processed foods.
Normally non-allergenic ( Note: farm products cannot be guaranteed to be microscopically free of traces of wheat, weeds or other grains.)
With 35% less calories and 65% more protein than normal Hemp Hearts TM, these REDUCED FAT Flakes are extremely satisfying and can be used to lose weight without any hunger.
Protein is by far the most important nutrient for tissue health: A 55g serving (1/2 cup) contains as much of the same amino acids (proteins) as 1.75 liters of mothers’ milk, but retains about 14% fat—mostly omega fat (lab tests availalbe on request).
Hemp Hearts (REDUCED FAT) FlakesTM and Hemp Hearts (REDUCED FAT) PowderTM are each available in full cases as 9 x 454 g (one pound) tubs per case. Tubs of Flakes or Powder can be shipped in mixed cases with tubs of Hemp HeartsTM. Where three tubs are removed from a case they can be replaced with 7 More Than a Square meals. Where two tubs are removed from a case they can be replaced with up to 4 bottles of hemp oil.
Customers can save many times the cost of these products in reduced grocery bills alone—while enjoying good nutrition and increasing their productivity. These foods will remain favorites because of their taste, texture and the manner in which they satisfy hunger.
Hemp: Legal, Drug Testing, Safety and THC
Q: Are Hemp Foods legal?
A: Yes, Hemp Foods and other hemp products made form industrial hemp plants are legal. Hemp without THC is legal to grow in Canada, consume and export. Our Hemp Foods contain 0.0% THC, as laboratory tested. We can ship HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) to many countries as a result. However, it is not legal to grow hemp in the USA.
Q: Is there THC* in Hemp Foods?
A: No. There is absolutely no THC (the active chemical that is in marijuana) in Hemp Foods, not even 1 part per million can be detected.
Q: Will I test positive with drug testing?
A: No. Because there is no THC, you will not test positive for any drug test.
Q: Are Hemp Foods safe to eat if I am pregnant?
A: Yes. Hemp Foods are great natural nutrition for pregnant mothers – consult your doctor if you are concerned about adding a new food to your diet. Give your doctor the link to this web site or a copy of the flyer which is sent with your Hemp Foods.
* THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol ) is the psychoactive ingredient found in hashish and marijuana. While THC is present in all Cannabis plant varieties to some extent, industrial hemp does not contain an amount to produce any intoxicating effect, even in significant quantities. In varieties grown for use as a drug THC levels can reach as high as 24%.
In hemp varieties grown for seed or fibre use, the plants are grown very closely together and a very dense biomass product is obtained, rich in oil from the seeds and fibre from the stalks and low in THC content. EU and Canadian regulations limit THC content to 0.3% in industrial hemp.
Hemp: Organic vs. Identity Preserved
HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) are packaged without additives or preservatives, grown without herbicides or pesticides from non-GMO hemp seed.
Q: Are Hemp Foods certified organic?
A: Our product is grown and processed in Southern Alberta, Canada and is “identity preserved”. Every lot can be traced to its source and is laboratory tested to guarantee the absence of contaminants. Our partner and processor has over 30 years of experience in the food processing business, and designed and constructed the only large facility in the world that is dedicated to the production of shelled hemp seed.
All of our products are made from the “hearts” of the seeds–without shell particles—hence our names Hemp Hearts TM, Hemp Hearts (REDUCED FAT) Flakes TM, Hemp Hearts (REDUCED FAT) Powder TM, Hemp Hearts Dip-Dressing-Sauce TM , Hemp Hearts Sparkling Clear Oil TM, Hemp Hearts Green Oil TM and Hemp Hearts More Than A Square Meals TM—all 25 of them Much Better Than Organic >>
Q: Do you use herbicides or pesticides in growing Hemp?
A: No. There are no pesticides or insecticides used in cultivating our hemp plants. The crop is hardy, dense and tall, and naturally not subject to significant pest impact. No chemicals are necessary in the production or processing of our product. In addition, all of our products are made from the “hearts” of the seeds–without shell particles—hence our names Hemp HeartsTM, Hemp Hearts (REDUCED FAT) FlakesTM, Hemp Hearts (REDUCED FAT) PowderTM, Hemp Hearts Dip-Dressing-SauceTM , Hemp Hearts Sparkling Clear OilTM, Hemp Hearts Green OilTM and Hemp Hearts More Than A Square MealsTM—all 25 of them
Q: Are there any chemicals used in making Hemp Foods?
A: No. Our shelled hemp seed has not been treated in any way and is free from any chemical preservatives.
Q: Are Hemp Foods irradiated?
A: No. Our Hemp Foods are not irradiated, pasteurized or altered in any way from the natural state which might compromise their food value.
Q: How are Hemp Foods preserved?
A: There is enough natural preservative, in the form of Vitamin E, that keeps the HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) from going rancid, naturally.
Q: Is the cultivation of Hemp sustainable?
A: Yes. Every part of the hemp plant can be used. The fibre is superior to tree fibre for paper, and superior to cotton for fabric. The fibre can also be used as a building material. Any remaining leaves or unused stalks are fed to animals or used in composting.
Shipping and Delivery
Q: What are shipping and delivery times?
A: As stated on our order pages:
Canada: Shipment by courier, door to door; Delivery time is 2 – 10 business days.
USA: Shipment by courier or postal service; Delivery time is 7 – 20 business days.
WORLDWIDE: by courier 10-20 business days
Q: What are my shipping options?
A: MOST orders are shipped via Courier ( Loomis Express or DHL).
PO Box orders are shipped by Canada Post.
Q: Can you ship to Australia and New Zealand?
A: YES. After finally legalizing Hemp Foods for human consumption in both countries, we are now able to ship our Hemp Food products there.