Should Hemp Protein Powder Replace Your Whey?

Within the last few years, hemp protein powder has come upon the health and fitness scene as a more natural alternative to processed protein powders. Yes, you read that right — hemp. Just when you thought you had the differences between whey, casein, and rice protein powder all figured out, another protein powder contender enters the mix!

But what benefits and pitfalls can you experience with this new source of protein? And more importantly, should you replace your current protein supplement with hemp protein? Let’s take a look at the basics.

The Pros

First of all, it needs to be said — No, hemp protein does not give you a “buzz”. The powder is created from the seeds of the hemp plant, and is considered one of nature’s most complete amino acid sources. It contains nearly all of the amino acids that humans need on a daily basis, and is second only to soy protein in that regard.

One of the top reasons to potentially switch to hemp protein powder is that it’s about as natural of a protein powder as you’ll find. No artificial sweeteners or fillers added, and it’s not made from a processed milk product. This is also great news if you’re lactose intolerant, and have difficult digesting whey or casein protein powders.

And speaking of digestion, hemp contains a large amount of fiber along with it’s protein content.

The Cons

Some of the best protein powders on the market will contain roughly 25-30 grams of protein per serving. This is one area that hemp falls short — because of it’s large fiber content, there’s not quite as much room for protein. A 30 gram serving of hemp powder will only about 15 grams of protein. It’s still a great source of protein for those looking to eat a balanced diet, but may not have the protein load that body builders look for in a supplement.

Also, by forgoing some of the factory processing that goes into typical protein powders, hemp doesn’t dissolve as easily and doesn’t taste quite as good as other powders. If the taste and texture bother you, you’ll likely want to mix hemp powder in with more substantial foods, such as yogurt, peanut butter, etc, to help mask it a bit.

However, if you’re looking for an all-natural alternative to protein powders and don’t necessarily need to bulk up on muscle, check out hemp protein powders. They cost nearly the same as whey and casein, and thanks to their amino acid profile, they have some fantastic health benefits.

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