Toronto, CANADA (March 10, 2005) – Ruth Shamai, who helped spearhead the rise and popularity of hemp foods in Canada, now has her sights set on the United States.
Shamai, the entrepreneur behind award-winning Ruth’s Hemp Foods (www.RuthsHempFoods.com), is spreading the word that hemp seed is a powerhouse of nutrition. The tiny seed is loaded with omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Hemp seed is also a complete protein with all essential amino acids, trumping any other food besides soy in amount of protein it contains.
“I want to spread awareness of hemp nutrition that is based on sound research,” Shamai said. “My mission is to develop delicious foods that contain a maximum amount of hemp while remaining at a competitive price point, so that hemp becomes regular part of peoples’ diets.”
Ruth's Hemp Foods produces the most extensive line of hemp foods available in North America including Hemp Bars, Hemp Protein Powder, Omega Burgers™ (hemp burgers), Hemp Oil, SoftHemp™ (certified organic shelled hemp seed), and other hemp food products.
Unlike its distant cousin marijuana, hemp seed won’t get you high. Although hemp can be sold in the United States, it is illegal to grow it. In February, California State assemblyman Mark Leno introduced Assembly Bill
1147 that would allow California farmers to grow hemp for sale of seed, oil and fiber to manufacturers.
Shamai, a recognized industry expert and researcher on hemp issues, is convinced that once Americans understand that hemp and marijuana are entirely different, the market –estimated by industry insiders to reach $350 million in 2005 – will explode.
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