Compared to many plant-based proteins, hemp protein is such a powerhouse! It’s also a pretty sustainable crop to grow and doesn’t damage soil.
So, what are the benefits of hemp-based protein?
It’s a Complete Protein.
Hemp contains all nine essential amino acids. This is impressive to say the least as it’s quite rare for a plant source to contain all nine. It has a similar amino acid profile to egg whites and soy. A 30g serving of hemp protein contains approximately 15g of protein packed into just 120 calories.
A growing number of people are turning toward vegetarian or vegan diets. Be this for moral, ethical, or environmental reasons, millions are trying to cut down on meat consumption in order to help maintain a healthy planet.
Whatever the reason, plant-based proteins are becoming more popular and will likely become increasingly important for our survival in the future. Hemp is easy and quick to grow and is often grown organically. It doesn’t require much space, it's incredibly beneficial for soil renewal and, of course, it's a complete protein source.
Hemp Protein is Easy to Digest
98% of protein from hemp seeds is digestible and all nine amino acids will be used by the body. Hemp protein is often talked about on the same level as lentil, which is another fantastic plant-based protein source.It’s always best when buying hemp protein, to make sure to look out for cold-pressed hemp seeds as heat processing may reduce digestibility by up to 10%.
Hemp seeds also possess a number of other nutritional benefits. For starters, hemp is extremely high in fiber; just ¼ cup of hemp protein contains 7-8g of fiber (this is 18% of men’s recommended daily intake (RDI) and 28% of women’s). The combination of fibre and protein in hemp should keep you feeling fuller for longer, and will help you to cut unnecessary snacking out of your diet.
Hemp protein also contains unsaturated fats – these are the "healthy fats" that are good for heart health. Hemp seeds possess the ideal ratio of 3:1 omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. The typical Western diet provides a 15:1 ratio of this, which could be one of the reasons why heart disease is so prevalent in the West.
As an added benefit, protein from hemp seeds contains minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc, plus an assortment of antioxidants to help you stay healthy.
Why would you not want to include this in your diet every day!