The Benefits of Hemp Protein Powder
Hemp protein powder is rapidly growing in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. This protein powder packs a punch, providing 13 – 15 grams of protein per two tablespoons.
Hemp protein powder is made by grinding pressed hemp seeds until a fine powder is created. It is largely unprocessed with no additional ingredients added – hemp protein powder is a natural option with a ream of health benefits.
Whilst derived from the cannabis sativa plant, hemp protein powder is free of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), meaning that it can be universally consumed with no side effects.
As the powder is made purely of plant seeds, it is a fantastic option for vegans and those who are lactose or gluten intolerant.
Hemp Protein Powder Contains an Abundance of Essential Fats and Vitamins
As well as protein, hemp protein powder contains all 21 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids. Alongside these fatty acids, hemp protein powder is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fats, which work wonders for heart health. It is rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, zinc and iron, all of which are beneficial to general wellbeing.
Free from Genetic Modification
Hemp protein powder could hardly be any more natural. Hemp is not genetically modified, unlike other protein-dense sources such as soy beans. Hemp plants are incredibly hardy, meaning they can defend themselves from harmful pests. This results in little to no need for pesticides, herbicides or petrochemical fertilisers.
The Benefits of Hemp Protein Powder
Boosts the Immune System
Adding hemp protein powder to your diet supplies your body with nutrients and aids in the prevention of illness. It contains two globular proteins, known as edestin and albumin, which lead to the body creating enzymes and antibodies - these aid in fighting off unwanted bugs.
Increases and Sustains Energy Levels
The fatty acids in hemp protein powder provide a noticeable boost to energy levels. These acids create twice as much energy as carbohydrates, and the high protein content will break down gradually, leading to a slow release of energy. The consumption of hemp protein is said to curb hunger by creating a sense of feeling full for longer.
Hemp seeds are high in fibre, with many hemp protein powders containing around 8 grams of fibre per 30 grams. A small serving of hemp protein powder will provide you with up to 28% of your recommended daily intake of fibre, improving digestion and healthy gut activity.
Repairs and Builds Muscles
Protein is often referred to as the “building blocks” for the human body, as it allows the body to create and repair cells, tissues and muscles. Hemp seeds provide a lean source of protein, meaning that you can boost your protein intake with minimal fat intake. This is ideal for building and maintaining lean muscle.
How to Use Hemp Protein Powder
Hemp protein powder has an earthy, nutty taste, which can pleasantly blend into daily meals. The powder can be mixed into shakes, smoothies, porridge or soups. You can also supplement flour with hemp protein powder in baking – it’s recommended that you replace around 25% of the flour with hemp protein powder.
The following recipe is another delicious, healthy and easy way to work hemp protein powder into your diet:
Hemp Protein Balls:
2 teaspoons hemp protein
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
1 teaspoon hemp seeds
5 tablespoons ground almonds
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or alternative)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Extra ground almond for rolling (optional)
Grind almond and flax seeds with a nut mill or high powdered food processor (or alternatively if you don't have a grinder you can purchase pre-ground versions).
Add all ingredients into a small mixing bowl and then mix together thoroughly using the back of a spoon and a downward pressing motion. Keep pressing and mixing until everything is moist and evenly combined. This may take a minute or two, so stay with it.
Divide into seven teaspoon sized parts and roll into balls (either with or without the extra ground almonds to roll in as preferred).
Pop in the fridge or enjoy immediately any time of the day.