The nutritional and health benefits of hemp seeds and hemp protein powders are phenomenal and make an excellent superfood addition to one’s diet. Organic hemp protein powder is also a great addition to smoothies to add a hearty boost and rich taste.
Hemp seeds by themselves are a high protein food, at about 33% (1), and then when this protein is isolated, an extremely nutritious and delicious protein powder is formed. Some have complained that hemp protein powder gives a somewhat gritty texture to a smoothie, however, I have not found this to be the case. While not as smooth as Sun Warrior Protein Powder for instance, the texture is still pleasant and smooth.
Another thing I like about hemp protein powders are that they are highly digestible. While everyone is unique and may not experience the same results as I have, the research I have done suggests that, in general, people feel that this plant source protein powder is well received by the body. I doubt this could be said for many of the protein powders on the market because they are often extracted with harsh chemical solvents such as hexane (a petroleum solvent similar to gasoline) (2)(3) and perhaps made with genetically modified ingredients such as the case with non-organic soy protein powders (4).
Seek out the Best
When seeking out hemp protein powders I highly recommend that you look for products with these three main qualities:
1. Organic, raw hemp seeds used
2. No fillers
3. Made from a high-integrity company
The quality of intention and source used for this product is the determining factor between a superfood protein powder and a dangerous isolate that could cause the body harm.
Nutritional Profile (numbers can vary according to product)
- Complete protein source – includes all 9 essential amino acids (5)
- About 50 % protein (6)
- 13-15 grams of protein per serving (7) (8)
- Good source of Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant (9)
- Magnesium – 45 to 48% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) in one serving (10) (11)
- Iron – 20 to 30% RDA in one serving (12) (13)
1. High in Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids at an ideal ratio of 4:1 respectively
- Omega 3 and 6 are known to play a crucial role in brain functioning, growth, and development, as well as stimulating skin and hair growth, maintaining bone health, regulating metabolism, and maintaining reproductive capability (14).
- The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) is very high in Omega 6 fatty acids and yet low in Omega 3′s, which has been linked with inflammatory disorders among other things (15). Eating rich food sources of Omega 3, such as hemp seeds and flax seeds, can play a crucial role in maintaining optimal health.
2. High in Fiber
- Fiber plays a critical role in helping to move waste through the intestines to be passed out of the system. A lack of fiber in the diet can contribute toward a number of health related issues such as constipation and toxemia (a polluted condition of the body’s interior due to impurities in the bloodstream) (16).
Hemp to the Rescue
It is unfortunate that currently in the Unites States hemp seeds are illegal to grow and distribute, even though it is not a drug nor does it have psychotropic properties such as cannabis. This is not the case in places like Canada, France, and China where hemp seeds are cultivated on a mass scale and used for paper, biodegradable plastics, fuel, and health food! It is also interesting to note that more hemp seeds are exported to the U.S. than any other country.
It would be nice to get locally grown hemp seeds, and U.S. produced hemp protein powder, but until the U.S. government is willing to distinguish between hemp and cannabis, this will not be the case. Alas, for now we can enjoy the benefits of this food from countries that are willing to make this distinction.
With hemp protein powders we can add a delicious, rich source of EFA’s (essential fatty acids), fiber, key vitamins and minerals, and protein. This will in turn lead to greater health and enjoyment of life’s beauty.
(1) http://www.sunfood.com/buy/1/100/Hemp-Seeds-8-oz-Nutiva-raw-shelled-certified-organic-non-GMO.aspx Retrieved October 21st, 2009.
(2) http://www.sunwarrior.com/product-information/protein/more-information.html Retrieved October 21st, 2009.
(3) http://nutiva.com/products/0_protein.php Retrieved October 21st, 2009.
(4) http://www.sunwarrior.com/product-information/protein/review-mike-adams.html Retrieved October 21st, 2009.
(5) http://hempbasics.com/shop/cms-display/hemp-seed-nutrition.html Retrieved October 21st, 2009.
(6) http://nutiva.com/products/nut_charts/0_chart.php Retrieved October 21st, 2009.
(8) http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prmenbr=655972&prrfnbr=708933 Retrieved October 21st, 2009.
(9) http://nutiva.com/products/nut_charts/0_chart.php Retrieved October 21st, 2009.
(11) http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prmenbr=655972&prrfnbr=708933 Retrieved October 21st, 2009.
(13) http://nutiva.com/products/nut_charts/0_chart.php Retrieved October 21st, 2009.
(14) http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-6-000317.htm Retrieved October 21st, 2009.
(16) http://www.cancer-healing.com/toxemia.php Retrieved October 21st, 2009.