Hemp Protein Powder – Overview
I am going to start of this product review with some information on Hemp and Hemp protein in general – because there are a lot of you out there who have perhaps just started to workout or making a life style change in general.
Changing from a dairy protein into a non-dairy protein can be a bit of a challenge as I found it to be myself.
The basics of Hemp
Let´s start of with the basics of hemp.
What is hemp?
– Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis plant. This variation of the plant is called Cannabis sativa and differs from it´s relative cannabis indica both in appearence and use.
The plant grown for marijuana and the plant grown for hemp are two completely different plants.
Can hemp get you high?
Since hemp contains very low levels of THC as well as a different chemical that blocks any effects of THC it would be impossible to get high from hemp.
What is hemp used for?
-The hemp plant is grown for the use of a vast variety of products, over 25,000 just to make things interesting. A few of these are clothes, plastics and foods.
What is hemp protein powder and How is hemp protein made?
-Hemp protein is made out of the seeds of the plant. The seeds are grinded up into a fine powder that can then be used as a protein powder.
The greener protein
Hemp protein is a non-dairy protein powder as well as it is a vegetarian / vegan protein powder that you don´t need to search far to find.
The best vegan protein powder is for sure the hemp one. It contains so many of the important nutrients that your body needs, especially when building muscles. It contains 20 amino acids, including 9 of the essentials that our bodies do not produce on it´s own. Amino acids are the building blocks of our muscles and cells.
A lot of the hemp proteins that you can purchase are organic and completely cruelty-free. In this case I would be more concerned with fair trade regulations.
Hemp protein VS Whey protein
There are a sea of different protein powders out there and the most common one is probably your standard whey protein.
Whey protein is made from cows milk. You can get it lactose free but as it is an animal bi-product it is not suitable for vegans and, depending on who you ask and your point of view, 100% cruelty-free.
Whey-protein also contains all 20 amino acids and your essential amino acids. Due to the process of making the powder it can be produced with a low amount of fat and a high amount of protein. Hemp protein does not go through a process of this sort which can be view as a positive.
When it comes to the actual protein in your powder of choice it does vary. A standard portion Whey protein of 30 grams contains approximately 20 grams of protein, 120 calories and less than 1% of fat.
30 grams of hemp protein from hemp foods Australia contains roughly 15 grams of protein, but when following your standard portion size of 2 tablespoons, about 22 grams of protein.
Hemp does contain slightly less protein and a bit more fat than whey protein but whey protein does not contain all the nutrients and benefits for your body that hemp protein contains. I will come back to the benefits of hemp protein further down. However you should follow the health recommendations when it comes to the amount of protein you digest each day, which is about 0.8 grams of protein per kg, as a too high protein diet can lead to a variety of health problems such as bad breath, weight gain, kidney damage, increased risk of cancer. These are just to name a few.
Another difference between these two proteins are for sure the taste.
Whilst your whey-protein comes with flavors you kind of need to make your own with this one.
The flavor of hemp protein is barely noticeable, especially when mixed in a nice juice or a smoothie, I sometimes just have it with water,
while I am a hardcore hemp junkie this might not be suitable for beginners 😉
The taste of hemp is more nutty than that of whey protein strawberry or chocolate but this gives you the option of creating your own flavors.
Did you know that there are plenty of vegan elite athletes in the world.
This surely shows that you do not need animal protein to be a body builder or reach elite levels in fitness.
Body builder Barny du Plessis, Nate Diaz and Venus Williams just to name a few.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s Superfood!
Hemp is considered a superfood which is more than I can say about any other protein out there.
Let’s find out why by looking at the benefits of hemp.
Hemp is a close to perfect food, it contains omega 3 – omega 6, iron, vitamin E, not to mention all the essential amino acids. It is considered the most “nutritionally complete food source” in the world as it not only contains all the above, it contains fibers (good for blood sugar levels and digestion) and magnesium, zinc, B-vitamins, potassium, phosphorous and so on, it is also very low in saturated fats and contain no trans-fats what so ever.
Hemp is also very good for your brain and the chemical CBD that is found in hemp can be beneficial when it comes to different neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimers.
Skin condition such as acne might be a reaction to low level of omega 3 in your body, as hemp actually contains this, it might have a positive effect on your skin and reduce acne.
I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and I have had great benefits from hemp protein.
Whilst whey protein angers my inflammation hemp actually helps manage it as it is anti-inflammatory and can help you create a stronger immune-system. It might not remove your condition but it can definitely help with managing its effects.
Are there any hemp protein side effects?
Like with anything you should not over consume hemp. You do not know how your body will react to it, some people are allergic to peanuts and some are not, like I said we are all different and our bodies react in different ways so start of with a smaller portion and see how you go.
If you do have any major medical conditions you might want to discuss with your doctor before making any major changes with your diet and fitness.
The hemp protein way – the rheumatoid arthritis detour
I love hemp protein and would not in a million years change back to a whey protein. Sure, a whey protein has its benefits but to me they are more the benefits of simple and quick, as you only shake it with water or milk and with hemp you might make a smoothie or juice. I however, if lazy, only add two spoons of hemp protein to a glass of water, or mix in when I am baking.
You can literally use it in anything.
One thing that took me a little bit to get used to is the color of it, as it is a green color it might change the color of your smoothie or juice.
Like with anything it is a habit, everything is a challenge at first. If you have just started going to the gym, or perhaps your new years promise will be to start working out and being more healthy, or perhaps just more conscious of your choices, then you will know that everything is hard until it becomes a habit. Changing from a whey protein to a hemp protein will be a challenge for sure but the benefits outweighs it, easy!
Living with rheumatoid arthritis since I was a child I have been on all kinds of medications, pills, injections, cortisone.
I started changing my diet, removing certain foods, adding vitamins and superfoods, one of them being hemp. I actually went of my medications for 2 years without any flare-ups from my condition, I was Pain Free. It wasn’t until recently, when I started going back to my diet, I became lazy and chose easy instead of good, that my inflammation came back.
Hemp, for me, have been one of the best natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis , is something I have found helps me in my illness and hopefully one of you might benefit from it as well.
Even if you do love your whey protein and would never change. Adding hemp into your diet will only benefit you.
I would definitely recommend hemp protein powder.
The Juice bonus
Just because I can… Here’s a recipe of one of the green juices that I have regularly with my hemp.
(Portion size may be a bit off as I usually make a whole batch for a week or so and I just throw things in, so feel free to add here and remove there)
4 green apples or 2 green apples and 2 pears
2 celery stalks
Handful of spinach
Bunch of kale
Add spirulina (if wanted) and hemp protein into glass of juice and stir or use a blender to mix everything through.
If you do not have a juicer you will need to add water into the mixer and then feel free to pour through a strainer.
I hope you enjoy the reading and please leave a comment or a question below and I will get back to you.