Getting enough protein every day is essential for maintaining optimal health. Proteins are the body’s building blocks, responsible for building and maintaining muscle.
Protein can be obtained from animal products like red meat and dairy products, but these foods can also be high in saturated fat, which can increase the risk of heart disease.
Hemp, however, contains healthy, polyunsaturated fats and is high in fiber, which contributes to heart health. If you’re interested in eating a healthier diet, this information about hemp protein may be surprising–but you need to know it. Hemp is a plant-based protein that demands your attention!
Hemp: The Top Crop
Hemp is an amazing crop that is grown and harvested for both food and nonfood purposes. Hemp seed, which is used to make hemp protein, is made up of roughly 45 percent oil, 35 percent protein and 10 percent carbohydrates. (Dr. Axe considers it “the perfect plant-based protein.”)
The hemp seed, hemp seed oil and CBD hemp oil provide many nutritional benefits, that are only dwarfed by its environmentally friendliness. The cultivation of hemp does not require any particular climate or soil. Speaking of soil, hemp enriches the heck out of it! Erosion of topsoil is limited as the hemp plant grows dense and heartily. Its deep roots use groundwater to reduce its salinity, and it can be grown without the use of fungicides, herbicides, and pesticides.
“That’s Not All, Bro-tein Shake”
Okay, so growing hemp as a crop makes great sense for the environment. What about the quality and benefits of hemp protein itself?
Hemp-based protein is a high-fiber protein supplement. It can be incorporated into a vegan or non-vegan diet to enhance protein intake, or completely provide it. Hemp protein is a high-quality source of protein due to its high rate of digestibility. The better a protein is digested, the more efficiently it can be used by the body.
Proteins from animal foods, such as eggs, dairy, and meat, are typically harder to digest than most plant-based proteins. When a protein is easy to digest, it means that the body is able to absorb most of the protein while losing only a little to waste.
This directly affects health and recovery in the human body as it pertains to the “bioavailability” of something ingested (a drug or food), which is defined as the ease with which any nutrient can make its way from the food you eat into your body.
When your body digests protein, it starts by breaking it down into amino acids. There are twenty amino acids that your body considers essential; your body makes eleven of them on its own. The other nine amino acids must come from your diet. Plant-based proteins are usually considered incomplete proteins because they are missing or contain low amounts of various essential amino acids.
Hemp is a complete protein, providing all 20 amino acids, including the nine essentials. Other examples of complete proteins include red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, quinoa, or soybean. Soy does contain a bit more protein than hemp, but hemp contains more digestible protein than soy. Gotcha!
Hemp protein powders and hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds) are abundant in fiber, a valuable health nutrient that many Americans lack in their diet. Those consuming a fiber-rich diet can lower their risk for heart disease, type-2 diabetes, constipation, and diverticulitis.
Hemp contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, and contains around 10 grams of protein per serving—almost half of the FDA’s 25-gram RVA (Recommended Daily Value).
The soluble fiber in hemp protein is a source of digestive bacteria that has been shown to help regulate blood sugar. The insoluble fiber assists the body in passing waste through your intestinal tract. Fiber is also very filling, it helps you lose weight and maintain weight, making hemp protein a perfect choice for use as a meal-replacement shake. Whey protein, on the other hand, offers hardly any fiber whatsoever.
Put Hemp Protein Into Your Diet
Hemp protein can be found in hemp protein powder. It can also be found as hemp hearts, which are simply shelled hemp seeds that can be eaten directly or sprinkled into various foods and smoothies. CBD liquids and CBD isolate can also be added to shakes and recipes and various other concoctions. You can add any of the above to juices, yogurt, oatmeal, sauces, or put it in flour to make batter-based baked goods such as waffles, pancakes, muffins, bars, cookies, etc.
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When you consume protein it directly contributes to the development, repair, and maintenance of every cell in the body. It’s responsible for building your bones, muscles, cartilage, blood, hair, nails, and skin. Even your hormones and enzymes are made from protein.
Protein doesn’t have to be animal-based to be effective. Whey and soy protein garner a lot of attention, but hemp protein trumps them all. Hemp offers an eco-friendly, more easily digestible source of protein that supports muscle gain, provides fiber and adds to overall optimal nutrition.