Why choose Hemp Protein Powder?
Protein powders are popular nutritional supplements used by athletes, body builders and those trying to gain weight or increase muscle mass.
Hemp protein powder is one of the more popular varieties, made by grinding pressed hemp seeds into a fine powder.
It has an earthy, nutty taste and is often added to shakes or smoothies to boost protein intake.
Hemp is a high-quality vegan protein, containing all nine essential amino acids, plus fiber, healthy fats and minerals.
Hemp protein is a complete protein, but more research is needed on its quality. Each 1/4-cup (30-gram) serving contains 15 grams of protein. This may be less than more processed forms of plant based protein but is popular for its purity as it is easily digestible (91% to 98%) even in a lesser processed state.
This means that your body can use almost all of the amino acids in hemp protein powder for important bodily functions, such as repair and maintenance.
Researchers believe that hemp is so easy to digest because it contains the proteins edestin and albumin, which your body can break down quickly.
Most hemp protein powders contain 7–8 grams of fiber per 1/4 cup (30 grams) and provide 18–28% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of fiber for men and women respectively.
In comparison, other plant-based protein powders such as soy, pea and rice are highly refined and contain very little fiber.
Hemp protein powder is a great way to add both protein and fiber to your diet, which may keep you feeling fuller, longer.
Hemp protein powder is made from hemp seeds that have been pressed to remove their oils, but it still contains roughly 10% of the original fat content. Hemp protein powder contains omega-6 and omega-3 fats in an ideal 3:1 ratio that promotes heart health.
Hemp seeds are an incredibly rich source of minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc and copper.
What’s more, hemp seeds contain compounds called lignanamides which have strong antioxidant properties.
Antioxidants protect your body from oxidative damage, which has been linked to chronic illnesses including heart disease and diabetes, so eating foods that contain antioxidants is good for your health.
Hemp protein powder has an earthy taste that many people enjoy. It’s best consumed blended with other ingredients, since it can have a grittier texture than other plant-based protein powders.
Hemp protein powder can be a useful additional protein source, especially for athletes. 2-5 tablespoons provides the ideal amount of protein for exercise recovery.
While it’s generally safe, it can cause side effects or adverse reactions in some people, it is always good to consult your nutritionist before including supplements to your diet.