A NEW study has found adding hempseed to human diets can help modulate gut hormone levels in the blood and promote a feeling of fullness after eating.

The first of its kind study conducted by researchers at the University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute has been published in the European Journal of Nutrition, prompting a fresh look at the crop –which used to be widely grown in Scotland – as a source of protein, dietary fibre, healthy fats and micronutrient minerals.

Research Fellow at the Rowett, Dr Madalina Neacsu, said: “Hemp is ideally placed to provide dietary protein diversification, as well as to boost daily fibre recommendations. It has wide and versatile uses and is a symbol of the new agricultural revolution. With this new collaboration we are seeking to understand how re-establishing its growth in Scotland could offer a more sustainable alternative to importing protein-rich crops like soya bean.”

David Shaw from Good Hemp said: “We have always known that hemp has amazing nutritional and environmental credentials but it has been incredibly motivating working with the Rowett Institute so far and we can't wait for this project to dive deeper into the benefits of hemp.

“These new findings have made us even more excited about the potential that hemp can deliver to both people and planet, as the world strives to find sustainable sources of nutrition at this critical point in history. Knowing that hemp can make you stay fuller for longer aids a multitude of people and we’re looking forward to creating some great new hemp products for the Good Hemp portfolio as a result.”