HEMP

Using Hemp as a Protein Supplement

Brandi Tyle

What is it?

Hemp is a plant that originates from what they call the varieties of Cannabis that has no measurable level of THC (tetrahydrocannabonoil) (Callaway). Protein powder is made from hemp seeds, which can be used to make several different types of food products. The seeds can also be cooked and eaten whole, or in the case of protein powder, the seeds are cold-pressed and then milled and grounded into a protein powder (Callaway).
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So, Whats it's Benefits?

Like most other legumes, hemp seed contains a high amount of amino acids. This includes the 9 essential amino acids your body needs from a dietary source (Greenfield, 2013). Hemp protein is much better than a soy protein because unlike soy, it does not take a lot of pesticide or herbicides in order to cultivate it, which means less chemicals for your body to digest (Callaway). Only two tablespoons of hemp protein powder is packed in with 13-15 grams of protein (Stevenson, 2014). Along with protein these two tablespoons of powder have a ton of BCAA's (Branched Chain Amino Acids) which hemp provide that muscle burning energy your body needs without having to be processed so much by your liver. Hemp protein powder also has the perfect balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6. This seed is also wheat soy and gluten free and contains 66% of the bioactive chemical edestin which helps to manufacture antibodies (Greenfield, 2013). This goes to show, this small seed packs a ton of health benefits ("Hemp Foods").
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What kind of protein powder is best? Hemp vs Whey vs Soy

How to use it?

Hemp Protein Powder can be consumed in a variety of ways. The most basic way to add it into your diet is to make it into a shake. This would be similar to that of whey protein in which you combine the powder with a liquid, shake it up and then drink it in that form. The next way is to add the protein to any of your foods. You can add it to your oatmeal in the morning, put it in a soup base for dinner, or you can even substitute some of the flour you would use for baking and add hemp protein powder in instead (Stevenson, 2014). There are many ways to add hemp protein powder to any of your favorite dishes.

Why Hemp over Soy or Whey Protein?

Whey proteins have been the major source of supplementation when it comes to the health and fitness world. In order for our muscles to grow and recover we need protein and lots of it (Greenfield, 2013)! In the past few years gaining an insider look at the fitness industry I realized that whey, as a source of protein, may not be as beneficial as originally thought. In fact dairy in whole, is not as great of a protein source as the past generations have made others past and present to believe. Yes, dairy contains high amounts of protein so its understandable that so many fitness consumers utilize these protein products to fill their muscular needs. The unfortunate side effect of whey and soy proteins is most of them are either filled with either hormones or chemicals such as traces of heavy metals like arsenic, lead and mercury, and things we, as consumers, would never intentionally fill our bodies with (Stevenson, 2014). Consuming these products may not only make our stomachs bloated and upset, but the side affects down the road of filling your body with chemically built and modified substances is never going to be long-term beneficial.


Hemp is far from chemically engineered and is in fact the most highly digestible protein there is. Not only is it more digestible but its overall production is safe and way more reliable than that of soy or whey (Stevenson, 2014). Nutrition facts, as stated earlier, also highly outweigh soy or whey proteins. Not only when looked into depths of these products do we find significant differences, but when considering just simply the ingredients listed on their nutrition labels, it is easy to see why one outweighs the others.

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References:


  1. Callaway, J.C. "Hemp Seed Nutrition." Wave. Department of Pharmaceutical Chemitstry. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. -Picture #2 reference
  2. "Soy Protein Powder." EAS. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. -Picture #7&9 references
  3. Greenfield, Ben. "Superhuman Coach." Superhuman Coach. 8 June 2013. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.
  4. "Hemp Foods – Global Hemp." Hemp Foods – Global Hemp. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.-Picture #3,4,&5 reference
  5. Pollitt, Eric. "Hemp Foods – Global Hemp." Hemp Foods – Global Hemp. 3 Jan. 2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.
  6. Stevenson, Shawn. "3 Reasons You Need To Change Your Protein Powder." The Shawn Stevenson Model. 15 Sept. 2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. -Picture #1&6 Reference