TALK TO ME TUESDAYS- WHAT IS HEMP PROTEIN?

Hey folks,

Welcome to this edition of Talk To Me Tuesdays! First I want to clear up an error in yesterday's post. I misspelled Chandra's last name, it's Moskowitz. I spelled it with a "v" on accident, my apologies.

Now on to today's question. I decided to go with a question of my own today, "What is Hemp Protein?" I was in the health food store the other day and was looking at some of their supplement powders and came across one that is made of hemp. I am not big on supplements because I believe if you are eating a varied diet, you will get all you need. However, I was looking for something that has some nutrients to use as a base for a morning smoothie, so I'm doing some research. I've heard people speak of hemp products but never really paid close attention and before purchasing something I like to know more about it. So, here is what I found.

WHAT IS HEMP?

Hemp is a soft and durable fibre cultivated from plants of the Cannabis genus, cultivated for commercial use.

In modern times, it was used for industrial purposes including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food, fuel, and medical purposes with fair commercial success. In the past three years the success of hemp food products has grown considerably.

Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino and fatty acids needed to maintain healthy human life. Seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk (similar to soy milk), prepared as tea, and used in baking. Whole hempseed also contains about 25% of a highly-digestible protein. Its amino acid profile is close to "complete" when compared to other sources such as meat, milk, eggs and soy. It is an adequate source of calcium and iron. Hempseeds are also a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese. It contains no gluten and it provides a healthy dose of omega-3.

HEMP PROTEIN POWDER

Hemp powder is extracted from hemp seed and is an important source of amino acids, dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. It provides excellent health benefits which include improved body metabolism, enhanced energy levels, lowering of cholesterol levels, better immune activity, reduced food craving etc.

Hemp protein powder is said to be a good source for your daily diet. There are a plethora of brands of health drinks prepared with hemp protein as an active ingredient. Hemp powders can be consumed by mixing them in water (and other liquids I assume as well, just read the packaging). They can also be mixed into variety of foods such as in oatmeal.

Well, based on this information, I may just give it a try. For those of you that are transitioning into the veg lifestyle and are big on supplements, this sounds like a great alternative for you to try as well since many protein powders contain milk or milk derivatives such as whey. Hemp protein is just one type, I'm sure there are many others out there for you to discover!




SOURCES: myfitca.com, wikipedia.org

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