Hemp seeds are naturally high in protein, and hemp protein powder contains the full spectrum of amino acids necessary for good health. Proteins are found in many food sources such as meat, fruit, vegetables, seed and nuts. Hemp is generally recognized as being an excellent source of good quality protein while also including beneficial fibre for a healthy gut.
Essential Amino Acids
Essential amino acids can’t be made by our bodies and therefore must come from food. Hemp protein contains all nine essential amino acids – histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. For your body to make the other (non essential) amino acids you need to include good quality protein in your diet. Unlike fats, proteins aren’t stored in your body for long, so you need to consume protein every day.
Plant Based Protein
We essentially grow proteins on farms and fish them from the seas. Some protein sources are cheap and mass produced such as soyabeans, peas, chicken, lamb, and beef. Protein is commodity traded and market price is determined by amino acid content. Protein crops are harvested to satisfy the enormous protein demand for livestock for human consumption. It makes perfect sense to meet our personal protein needs from plant-based protein sources such as hemp.
Hemp – More Than Quality Protein
We know hemp ticks boxes on the protein quality checklist, but what else is it good for? The fibre in hemp protein benefits your gut by regulating digestion and preventing constipation. Hemp fibre is a natural appetite supressant and helps regulate your weight. Consuming hemp protein is known to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats in hemp protein contribute to health and longevity.
Hemp Protein Every Day.
Eating 100g (about 4 tablespoons) of hemp protein powder daily will provide 50g of protein, the minimum for an average adult. For bodybuilders aiming to increase body mass, up to 100g of protein per day (200g of hemp protein powder) is needed. Excess protein consumed is usually stored as fat. This leads to weight gain especially if you consume too many calories while increasing your protein intake.
Consuming more than 30g of protein in one meal is too much for the average person, and excess will be excreted. Supplement your daily meals with a variety of protein inputs to get the entire spectrum of amino acids your body needs for good health.