Many people looking to increase their protein intake will turn to the help of protein powder. You have probably found yourself on this page after hearing about hemp protein – an alternative to the more common ‘whey’ protein.
At Honest Hemp, we have just released a new organic hemp protein powder. We believe hemp protein is an excellent choice for those looking for optimum nutritional value or an easy plant-based protein option.
In this article, we will explain what hemp protein is, how it differs from whey protein, and help you to determine whether it’s suited to your needs.
What is hemp protein powder?
Hemp protein powder is a popular vegan source of protein. It’s 100% plant-based, which means it’s an excellent alternative to traditional whey protein. You add the powder to shakes, smoothies, or water in order to create a high protein drink – this will have an earthy, nutty flavour. Athletes, bodybuilders, or just those who are trying to gain muscle tend to use protein powders.
What are the benefits of hemp protein powder?
Hemp protein is a high-quality vegan protein – not only does it provide us with protein, but it also contains the following:
- All nine essential amino acids
- Healthy unsaturated fats
Research suggests that the amino acid profile of hemp protein is similar to that of egg whites – a well known high-quality protein source. For those who would prefer a less processed source of protein, hemp protein powder is a brilliant choice.
We usually find that animal proteins are easier to digest than plant proteins – this can lead some people to believe that hemp protein is not the best type. However, research shows that 91-98% of hemp seed protein is digestible. This means that the body can use almost all of the essential amino acids, which will have a beneficial impact.
Why is protein important?
Protein is vital in every diet for keeping the body healthy. The body uses protein to:
- Build and repair tissues
- Make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals
- Keep the hair and nails healthy
- Keep bones, skin, blood, cartilage, and muscles healthy
Our hair and nails are made mostly out of protein, so it is – of course – vital to consume enough protein to keep these strong and healthy. Additionally, protein is the primary building block of muscle.
Muscle mass is the primary reason that people use protein powders. Protein is essential for maintaining and building muscle mass, and promoting muscle growth and strength. This is why bodybuilders and gymgoers often use protein powder supplements pre/ post-workout.
Is hemp protein better than whey protein?
Whey protein is the most commonly used type of protein powder. It is an animal source of protein derived from milk. Hemp, on the other hand, is a vegetable source of protein derived from the Cannabis plant. Therefore, hemp protein is automatically ‘better’ than whey protein if you are vegan/ vegetarian, or would simply prefer a plant-based protein.
Both of these protein types provide us with essential amino acids and are effective for meeting our protein needs. However, hemp protein contains many other nutrients on top of this. Whey protein is concentrated, whereas hemp protein contains healthy unsaturated fats, an abundance of fibre, and plenty of minerals.
One scoop of whey protein contains 120 calories, 24g of protein, and less than 1g of fat.
One scoop of hemp protein contains 120 calories, 20g of protein, and 3-4g of healthy fats.
So, in conclusion, whey protein contains more protein per scoop, but hemp protein contains more unsaturated fats, more fibre, and is 100% vegan.
Does hemp protein contain CBD?
No – hemp protein powder will not contain CBD. This is because hemp protein is made from hemp seeds – this is the only part of the hemp plant that does not contain any cannabinoids.
The new Honest Hemp organic hemp protein powder
The new Honest Hemp organic hemp protein powder contains 50% raw hemp protein and is a rich source of natural amino acids. It’s high in fibre and contains magnesium, iron, potassium, and omega-3. Each 30g scoop contains 107 calories and 15g of protein.
All of our products are 100% THC free, undergo strict third-party testing, and meet the highest standards in production and quality control. Our hemp plants grow organically in Colorado in bio soil under strictly controlled conditions.
Choose the Honest Hemp organic protein powder for glorious, green goodness that’s completely GMO-free and 100% vegan!