Hemp protein may be the latest health fad, but it will be a long time before this goes out of style. Derived from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant, hemp protein doesn't produce any psychotropic effects, but it does offer some amazing dietary benefits. The hemp nut is 33 percent protein and is available as Hemp Seed form or Hemp Protein Powder. Whichever way you choose to ingest this, you'll be glad you did.
In just one serving of hemp protein powder, you can obtain anywhere from 6 to 15 grams of protein. This is not only great news for those with strict vegetarian or vegan diets, as it is a complete plant protein, but for everyone. Hemp protein contains eight essential amino acids that the body is not able to produce on its own, and therefore adequately provides protein the same as meat, egg whites, soy and whey protein. Furthermore, egg whites, tofu, and cow's milk have fewer quantities of these amino acids, so hemp protein is one of the best alternative sources.
For today's top health experts hemp is a topic of conversation. Well-known Biggest Loser personal trainer, Jillian Michaels, was interviewed by Living Delicious Magazine's Jessica Rubino at the Natural Foods Expo in Anaheim, California. Michaels said that she wants, to see hemp protein start making it out more to the masses, becoming more accessible. Dubbing hemp one of her two main nutrition focuses (the other being coconut), she spoke favorably of the benefits it could offer. She said, I think it's a very healthy form of protein, especially for vegans and vegetarians, with no side effects. A lot of lactose intolerant people can't do whey. I think hemp protein in the future will make a bigger splash.
A recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show featured its host, Dr. Oz, and the popular author, radio-show host, and Registered Dietician, Samantha Heller, conducting a blind taste-test of non-dairy alternatives. The conclusion Dr. Oz's favorite alternative to milk was Hemp Milk, and Heller said that it is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which have been found to be good for both the heart and brain.
Happy with these kinds of celebrity endorsements, Cathy Hearn, President of Living Harvest Foods said to the press that they have spent years working to raise awareness and educate the consumers on the benefits of hemp. She stands firmly in her statement that hemp has something great to offer everyone, and reiterated that it is high in protein and omega-3, is a non-genetically modified organism (GMO), gluten free, completely vegan, and has no known allergens.
According to Livestrong's website, the essential fatty acids that can be found in hemp improve and maintain the health of the immune system. Helping combat disease and illness, hemp is believed to relieve or improve numerous health conditions including arthritis, attention deficit disorder (ADD) cancer, cardiovascular diseases, constipation, diabetes, earache, fatigue, menopause, obesity, osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Most recommend adding hemp protein powder to a smoothie or milkshake, but it is also great mixed in with yogurt and granola. Another suggestion is to use the hemp protein as a partial flour substitute while baking things like cookies, breads, or muffins.