WTF Is Hemp Protein?
When you think of hemp, the first image that may flash to mind are of the brown, hessian style clothes dotted around market stalls. Or perhaps you’re thinking to yourself, “but wait, won't that get me high?”… To help you decode all there is to know about Hemp Protein we’re breaking it down right here.
You’ll want to read on, because seriously, it’s the dopest protein around.
What is hemp protein?
Hemp protein is a plant-based protein derived from hemp seeds, which happen to be a total nutritional powerhouse. Made by grinding the seeds of the plant Cannabis Sativa, hemp is arguably the best vegan protein source available, containing contains 20 amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids our body cannot produce on its own. Packed with soluble (which helps to regulate our blood sugar levels) and insoluble fibre, alongside a balanced ratio of healthy fats – omega 3, 6 and 9 – hemp protein can assist in lowering inflammation, boosting energy, repairing tissues, building lean muscle and controlling sugar cravings. Hemp additionally has a rich nutritional profile, high in antioxidants, Vitamin E and minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron and, calcium and zinc for optimal nutrition.
Interesting fact: there are no known allergies to hemp foods.
Will it get you high?
Hemp protein is extracted from shelled hemp seeds, a plant species cousin of marijuana. Unlike weed however, it is doesn’t contain any psychoactive chemicals, being certified free of THC – so you definitely do not get high and is absolutely safe for human consumption.
The Green Factor
With increasing social conscious surrounding environmental concerns and sustainable practices, Hemp Protein is the greener option for a healthy planet. As a carbon neutral source, hemp helps to removes carbon dioxide and toxins from the air whilst being a sustainable plant to grow, restoring nutrients back into the soil. Additionally, hemp is a sustainable material for a variety of product purposes, often forming the foundations for production of paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics and even fuel.
How To Take It
You can use hemp protein just in any way you would regularly use a protein powder. I’ve been using mine as the base to my smoothies, helping to top up protein levels whilst promoting a more optimal functioning of the digestive system! You could also try mixing it into protein pancakes, bliss balls or even your morning coffee.
NutraOrganics Hemp Protein
Australia made NutraOrganics has been my go-to company for collagen supplements over the past year and their latest Hemp Protein range definitely follows up on the quality and flavour profile I have come to expect from the brand. The certified organic, vegan blends of hemp protein, sprouted and bio-fermented pea protein and sacha ichi protein, mixed with additional superfoods, such as Matcha, vitamins and mineral, fibre and pre- and pro-biotics – are one of the most digestible options on the market. These gut-friendly formulas, which are all naturopathically devised, come in three delectable flavours, Salted Cacao Maca – for inner balance and wellbeing, Beauty Berries – for a vegan collagen promoting glow and Creamy Vanilla – for an alkaline greens boost. Containing absolutely no nasties, this range from NutraOrganics help to truly nourish you from the inside out.
Note: A trial supply of the latest Hemp Protein range was gifted by NutraOrganics, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.