Hemp Protein Vs. Whey Protein.
The arguments of whey versus hemp proteins tend to race back and forth from advocates on both sides of the board. However, the advocates of the whey protein are rarely up to date on the nutritional breakdown and processing of hemp protein within the human body.
Whey protein is a by-product of the cheese making process. It is derived through a series of mechanical separations and filtration during a careful heat-treating process of milk. During the processing, all traces of lactose tend to be filtered out and the warning label must indicate the potential for lactose to still be present. What is disappointing about whey is that in order to obtain a 99% protein, manufacturers often use a hexane chemical agent in the protein isolating process to reach these high concentrations. Unfortunately the consumer has no way of knowing what type of process is used to isolate the protein and generally is not educated about the product enough to know the complete manufacturing process.
Another concern is that many supplement blended whey protein powder products use filler proteins or non-essential amino acids, such as L-Glycine or L-Taurine, which the human body is not able to absorb and digest or which provides no nutritional quality to the body. It’s just there to jack up the protein concentration since it will test as an amino acid (basic protein compound) during final food quality analysis. This is highly discussed in the supplement and fitness industry and is known as “amino acid spiking”. Particularly if you are an athlete, we urge you to read your labels and do your research on any protein supplements as it takes a considerable amount of daily protein consumption to retain muscle mass from bodybuilding. You don’t want to be doing all that work for no gain because you’re unknowingly eating “empty “protein products.
Hemp protein is a natural plant based product that contains all 20 amino acids including the 9 essential and 2 semi-essential amino acids for the human body and holds a 33% protein content in hulled hemp seed form (without shell) and 50% in hemp protein powder. With a protein base compromised primarily of Edestin and Albumin (the same amino acid that gives eggs their glory), hemp protein is easily digested (hemp is rated 90% digestibility protein, meat and fish are 94%, eggs are 97%) and gentle on the overall digestive system. Hemp foods also contain important poly-unsaturated fats and fibre, hemp protein powder specifically being very high in insoluble fibre.
Hemp protein powder is a by-product of cold pressing for hemp seed oil. The defatted hemp remains are called hemp cake. This hemp cake is then milled into a fine powder. The protein concentration of hemp protein powder and hemp flour is determined on the screen size through which the milled hemp cake is sifted. Hemp Protein Powder is 50% protein concentration while Hemp Flour is 33%. Compared to whey protein, hemp protein is isolated into a powder form via a mechanical process only with not additives or processing agents such as hexane, which as mentioned above is popular in the isolation of whey protein for powdered supplements.
On paper and not understanding the physiology of the human body, one may jump on the side of whey protein. Take a minute to educate yourself and learn how your body processes protein and what you are truly ingesting and you will quickly learn where the true benefits of hemp protein shine through. Once consumed, your body begins to immediately process your intake. Any animal based product is typically always harder on your body not only to ingest but also to digest properly and ultimately eliminate. In addition, hemp protein and hemp seeds are rarely known to be an allergy to humans – in fact they are one of the most allergen free seeds/nut food products out there.
To top it all off hemp crops are a sustainable, renewable and an environmental friendly agricultural practice. By comparison dairy farming is not as lucky. The utilization of a product that goes through as little mechanical or chemical processing as possible is typically the winner in the game of a healthier lifestyle, quality fuel for the body and positive health changes.
The proven scientific truth is this: hemp is one of the most nutritious foods available to humans and one of earth’s most ecologically sustainable crops. It is a complete protein source which makes it a great alternative to meat and fish and an ideal protein choice for vegans. Not only is there no other plant based protein that can compete with hemp, it even gives meat and fish products a run for their money with its rich omega, fibre and mineral content. It is no wonder biologists, ecologists, health professionals and dietitians all over the world over are raving about the benefits of growing and eating hemp.
Hemp is the good earth’s superfood superstar. It is an outstanding and delicious source of protein with every essential fatty acid and amino acid you need for optimum nutrition. In addition, it is packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, fibre and more. Hemp can play a leading role in your quest for the healthiest you!