Why Hemp Protein Powder Is So Good For You
All About Hemp Protein Powder. Why Hemp Protein Is So Good For You
Hemp protein powder is highly popular as a healthy, tasty and efficient source of natural protein.
It’s considered a high quality protein that’s rich in antioxidants, dietary fibre, minerals and essential amino acids.
Hemp protein powder is compatible with vegetarian and vegan diets, and contains no gluten, sugar, dairy, lactose, nuts or soy. It has a long list of health benefits beyond just growing muscle (although it’s great for that too).
How is Hemp Protein Powder Made?
Hemp protein powder is made by pressing hemp seeds into a fine powder. First, the oil is extracted, then what remains (called the seed meal) is grinded into powder form.
Ideally, hemp protein powder should be cold pressed. When it’s cold pressed, it doesn’t lose as much of its protein content, and it’s easier to digest.
Organic hemp protein powder has been grown without using artificial sprays, fertilisers or other unnatural products.
The Hemp Plant
Organic hemp protein powder comes from the hemp plant, which is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant. One important thing to note is hemp seeds contain a minute amount of THC, which is the intoxicating compound found in marijuana.
Seeds from the hemp plant contain around 0.3 percent THC, which is nowhere near enough to have any effect on the body.
The hemp plant itself is extraordinarily versatile. It’s easy to grow, which means it’s good for the environment as it doesn’t need much water, and the elements of the plant that aren’t harvested regenerate the soil when they decompose.
Hemp Protein Benefits
Hemp is a ‘complete’ protein.
Hemp protein powder is considered a complete protein, because it contains all nine essential amino acids. As the name suggests, the body needs these fatty acids to function.
These amino acids help the body to repair muscle cells, and regulate the nervous system and brain functions.
High in Fibre
When you eat food that’s high in fibre, you’ll feel full for longer. That means you don’t have as much need to snack, and you can go longer between meals.
One serving of hemp protein powder can contain up to 30 percent of your recommended daily fibre intake. Many plant-based proteins are much lower in fibre (2), making hemp protein a great supplement to help you stick to whatever diet you’re on.
Eating a high fibre diet is also a crucial aspect of good gut health (3). Some people may experience bloating if you consume too much, too quickly, so if you haven’t had much hemp protein powder before, it’s best to start with a smaller amount and slowly increase your serving.
Good Source of Protein
Hemp protein powder is around 50 percent protein. That’s lower than other plant-based proteins such as soy or pea proteins, which can be up to 90 percent.
However, hemp protein powder is more digestible than these alternatives, so you’ll actually end up absorbing more protein. In fact, up to 98 percent of hemp protein powder is digestible, which means you’ll get all the goodness it has to offer for minimal waste (4).
Not all hemp protein powders are the same, so for the most digestible options, choose one that is cold pressed and organic.
High in Vitamins and Minerals
As well as being high in protein, fibre and amino acids, hemp protein powder has many important vitamins and minerals that the body needs.
Hemp protein powder is an excellent source of iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, calcium, potassium and vitamins B and D3. This helps to keep the body functioning at an optimal level, and boosts your immune system.
It also has a good amount of Gamma Linolenic Acid, which has well known anti-inflammatory components (5).
Hemp Protein Powder Taste and Uses
Hemp protein powder has an earthy, nutty taste. The flavour is generally well-liked, but can be off-putting to some. The good news is, it can be disguised in a range of foods so you don’t have to put up with a taste you don’t like.
Hemp protein powder is most commonly used in shakes or smoothies to add protein. It can also be used in brownies, protein bars, pancakes, acai bowls and plenty more!
A usual serving of hemp protein powder is around 30 grams, particularly in smoothies. This can be adjusted to suit your tastes and the way you’re consuming it, though having much more than 30 grams in one serving is not recommended.
The Brothers Green Gut Health Protein Powder
The Brothers Green Gut Health Protein Powder is a cold pressed, organic hemp protein that’s grown and processed in Canterbury, New Zealand.
It was specifically designed with gut health in mind, meaning it strengthens and restores your gut. It is dairy-free, sugar-free, and an amazing way to add protein to your diet without upsetting your digestive system.
Click here to find out more about The Brothers Green Gut Health Protein Powder.