An extremely versatile plant, Hemp can be harvested for many uses! The fibres from its bark can be processed and made into textiles or paper, whereas the whole plant can be turned into a biofuel through fermentation. The seeds from the plant are commonly used in health food, cooked and eaten whole they can also be turned into a milky product, much like soy.
Hemp seeds provide an edible oil which is incredibly rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids. Once cold pressed and extracted, the pressed cake is milled into protein powder. So what is the reason the Hemp pips so many other protein powders to the post? Hempseed contains 21 of the known Amino acids, including 9 of the essential ones that the body isn’t able to produce itself. Around 13-15 grams of protein can be obtained from just two tablespoons to hemp protein powder, but crucially those tablespoons contain branched-chain amino acids. These BCAA’s make up 40% of your daily need for amino acids. The bodies muscle burns BCAA’s along with carbohydrates as fuel. This process is more direct, so undergoes less processing by the liver, unlike other types of proteins.
From a nutritional point of view, Hemp is also seen as a healthier protein due to the fact that the plant lends itself very well to organic farming. Cultivation of the plant doesn’t usually require any herbicides, fertilizers or pesticides. This enables Hemp to be labelled as an extremely safe and pure protein.