Hemp Seed Protein and
The Benefits of Hemp

Hemp seed protein contains all of the essential amino acids and hemp benefits include being the most digestible protein in the plant world.

The benefits of hemp also include being a non-allergenic food and hemp is also gluten free.  Hemp benefits definitely outweigh the problems of consuming a highly allergenic food like soy.

The Benefits of Hemp

  • Hemp seed protein contains 21 known amino acids including the 9 essential ones your body cannot produce on its own
  • Hemp does not contain any phytic acid or enzyme inhibitors which soybean protein contains
  • Much easier to digest than soy protein
  • Hemp seed allergies have never been reported
  • Hemp seed does not require chemicals or genetic alterations in order to be grown
  • Hemp protein is gluten free
  • Good source of fiber, vitamin E, thiamin, folic acid, niacin, magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, and iron
  • Omega 6 to Omega 3 balance is in a 3 to 1 ratio
  • Hemp seed is the premier plant provider of globulin and contains some of the highest amounts in the plant kingdom

Hemp is Probably a Good Idea for the Vegan Community

I think hemp seeds can be an important and maybe even necessary addition to a vegan diet - especially a raw vegan diet.

Not only does it supply the essential amino acids, but supplies essential fatty acids like omega 6 and omega 3 in a pretty good ratio. 

However, hemp seed protein only supplies the plant based version of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which needs to be converted by your body (and that's if you can) into the more powerful forms of these fatty acids - like DHA.  

It does appear to be a lot safer than any soybean protein and I would definitely use hemp milk instead of soy milk.

It's also a very versatile protein and can be used in a shake, smoothie, or you can even make dehydrated foods using this seed.

My Personal Opinion

I've tried hemp seeds and I have to say that I really wasn't very attached to the taste or feeling it gave me.  It just didn't feel any where near the vicinity of what I get from animal protein.

However, I can see using some hemp seeds as an addition to my meals.  I personally would not rely on it to supply me with my protein requirements - it would be used more like an additive to help give my salad an interesting crunch or texture.

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