For all you raw, vegan, vegetarian and paleo junkies (also those wanting to try out something different) I think you’re going to like this post. I love the way nature always has so many solutions for whatever we maybe looking for, including increasing our protein intake. I have done this post as I often get asked by fitness geeks, “how do I get more protein in my diet if not from meat or main stream protein powder?” The’re quite a few healthy substitutes to this answer, but for today let’s look at hemp protein powder. Hemp itself is a pretty amazing plant, yes over time the plant has had negative associations (it’s THC psychoactive properties), but many people don’t know hemp can be refined into products like; hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper and fuel. Here’s what I like to call a ‘useless boy facts’:
- 80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes, bed sheets, etc., were made from hemp until the 1820s, with the introduction of the cotton gin
- One acre of hemp will produce as much paper as four acres of trees (save the trees!)
- George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. Washington, our first president, declared,”Make the most of the hemp seed. Sow it everywhere.”
Good dinner table conversation eh…
Hemp protein contains a complete spectrum of natural organic proteins, including essential amino acids, fatty acids and dietary fibre. These magical hemp properties can help repair and grow lean body tissue naturally. Hemp-tastic!
What are the Health Benefits of Hemp Protein?
Certified organic hemp protein is vegan, gluten free, kosher, and non-genetically modified. It contains no sugar, no saturated fatty acids, no trans fat, no cholesterol, and no THC. Hemp is usually very safe for those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose, and sugar. In fact, there are no known allergies to hemp foods. Instead it can increase your energy, improve your metabolism, reduce food cravings and help your immune system to become a healthy powerhouse, ready for action. After reading the benefits of hemp protein powder and seeing it used in many raw recipes, it’s encouraged me to use it more and I like to add it to smoothies and snacks (see my post on how to make hemp protein power bars).