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Hemp vs. Whey

By now, we hope you have done some research into plant-based proteins and can see the huge benefits that can come to both our own health, and that of our planet, by making the switch.

People with diets high in plant based proteins are shown to have lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity compared to their cousins on a diet consisting of protein from mainly animal sources.

After many months spent at the Christchurch Farmers Market, educating our wonderful locals about hemp protein. We feel it is timely that we do a post comparing our hemp protein powder, with that of the somewhat more traditional (the cheap but nasty) whey protein. 


Beefy Green Hemp Protein Powder: 

The process: Our hemp is locally grown in Mid Canterbury, it takes around 3 months for the hemp plant to grow and produce seeds for harvest. No sprays are required in this process. Once harvested, our seeds are then cold pressed to access the liquid gold that is The Brothers Green Hemp Seed Oil. After pressing, we are left with the 'hemp cake', this is milled into a fine powder resulting in our 43% hemp seed protein.

The composition: Our hemp seed protein is 43% protein, of which contains all 20 amino acids (especially high in arginine and glutamic acid) making hemp a complete protein. The protein base is primarily edestin and albumin, both easily digestible and gentle on our gut. The nutritional benefit doesn't stop here. Our hemp protein contains 24% fibre to further support gut health, is 8.7% polyunsaturated fats (yes this is the healthy omega 3's and other essential fatty acids), and is only 2% sugar!

Whey protein powders:

The process: Whey protein is a by-product of the cheese making process. It is derived through a series of mechanical separations and filtration during a heat-treating process of milk. In order for whey to obtain its high protein content so desired by the fitness industry, whey protein isolate manufacturers often use a hexane chemical agent in the protein isolating process to reach these high concentrations into the 90% space. Unfortunately us consumers have no way of finding out exactly what type of process is used to isolate the protein. Another concern is that many whey protein powder products use filler proteins or non-essential amino acids, such as L-Glycine or L-Taurine, which the human body is not able to absorb and digest or which provides no nutritional quality to the body. It’s just there to jack up the protein concentration since it will test as an amino acid (basic protein compound) during final food quality analysis. This is highly discussed in the supplement and fitness industry and is known as “amino acid spiking”. If you are using whey, be sure to read your labels!

The composition: Most whey protein isolates contain around 85% to 99% of protein. Once the protein is isolated it is then flavoured and supplemented with additives and preservatives (depending on process). So inherently then, whey would have less carbs and less fat than hemp. As whey is derived from dairy products, it can also contain lactose, the sugar that is associated with many intolerance symptoms such as stomach pain, bloating, gas and diarrhoea.  


The balls in your court:

Now we don't want to get into another unnecessary argument about dairy farming's effects on our taiao (natural environment), but the fact is that there is a major difference in health and environmental effects between hemp & whey protein. Many don't even know the ingredients found in common whey supplements let alone know their effect. Hemp protein is just that, hemp seeds. Compared to how our hemp is grown and the fact that hemp is a truely regenerative crop. It's not an 'Us vs. Them' argument. We simply just want to inform people about the facts of how their food is made, and what's actually in it.

Hemp has the ability to help our dairy farmers via its nitrogen utilisation ability. Its carbon absorption properties mean that it can absorb 4 x more carbon than a pine tree and also helps soil remediation and repair through a process called phytoremediation. 

In summary:

As you can see, Hemp's complete protein profile certainly sets it apart from other protein powders. As a consumer, you have a choice. We may be biased, but we truely believe that if you choose hemp, the flow on effects of what is going to happen over your lifetime, in terms of your own personal health and that of the environment we all share, is going to be only positive. 

Hemp is a plant that will revive depleted soils, mitigate the effects of climate change, and re-establish the desperately needed balance between humans and our taiao (natural environment). 

As a consumer, you have the power to change the path of history, are you coming with us?


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