Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The Benefits of Hemp Protein Powder
I don't know if I mentioned this lately, but I love hemp protein powder! When I started my raw, organic, vegan adventure I was a bit hesitant because I didn't know if I could get enough protein in a raw diet. That was before I found hemp protein powder. This amazing plant is a protein powerhouse!
I love the product made by Nutiva because it has 11 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber per serving. Hemp protein powder is a raw, certified organic food that contains 37% protein, 43% fiber, no net carbs. It also comes with the benefit of 9% beneficial fats (omega-3,-6, and -9 plus GLA), chlorophyll, vitamin E and iron. Overall this to me is a superfood. In all of my supplement research before I was never forced to consider a plant based protein source but I'm glad I was!
For thyroid disease patients like me, soy is out! Hemp can be used raw whereas soy protein requires high heating or fermentation to destroy various anti-nutritional qualities like phytic acids. Soy protein isolate is usually not considered organic because it is often processed with hexane, a petroleum solvent similar to gasoline, yuck. On top of that, soy crops are heavily sprayed with herbicides, which can be applied ten or more times in a season. In my opinion soy should not be consumed by humans in general. Of course, this bias comes from my thyroid disease studies and should not be taken as medical advice:)
The only issue some may have with hemp protein powder is it's "earthy" taste. I have come to love it because I feel so much better drinking it. I am one of those crazy people that enjoys physically feeling like what I'm eating/drinking is energizing and strengthening my body. This product so does that! It may be green and gritty but mixed with your favorite milk and some fruit it is delicious!
I hope you all go out and get some hemp protein powder because you will feel so good using it. Try it! Let me know what you think:}~