The arguments of whey versus hemp proteins tend to race back and forth from advocates on both sides of the board. However, the advocates of the whey protein are rarely up to date on the nutritional breakdown and processing of hemp protein within the human body. It may just be that information that could settle the score but acceptance of both sides is definitely necessary. Whey VS. Hemp will be heard once again and every individual needs to choose what is best for his or her needs, so let us help you decide!
For the sake of speaking, whey protein does win the box war when comparing apples to apples. It has more protein, less carbs and calories then its hemp competitor. Whey protein is a by-product of the cheese making process. It is derived through a series of mechanical separations and filtration during a careful heat-treating process of milk. Now, that is the down and out, side box truth. During the processing, all traces of lactose intend to be filtered out, and yes, the warning must still indicate the potential ingredient is present. If all written words that were true always stayed true, the facts could very well end here and we could deem all whey as lactose free but unfortunately we can’t. What is disappointing about whey is that in order to obtain such a fabulous 99% (or higher sometimes) protein concentration in whey protein powders manufacturers often use a hexane chemical agent in the protein isolating process to reach these high concentrations. Unfortunately the consumer has no way of finding out exactly what type of process is used to isolate the protein and is not privy or educated to want to know either – perhaps on purpose?
Another concern is that many supplement blended 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”. Particularly if you are an athlete, we urge you to read your labels and do your research on any protein supplements as it takes a considerable amount of daily protein consumption to retain muscle mass from bodybuilding. You don’t want to be doing all that work for no gain because you’re unknowingly eating “empty “protein products.
Hemp protein is a natural plant based product that contains all 20 amino acids including the 9 essential and 2 semi-essential amino acids for the human body and holds a 33% protein content in hulled hemp seed form (without shell) and 50% in hemp protein powder. With a protein base compromised primarily of Edestin and Albumin (the same amino acid that gives eggs their glory), hemp protein is easily digested (hemp is rated 90% digestibility protein, meat and fish are 94%, eggs are 97%) and gentle on the overall digestive system. Hemp foods also contain important poly-unsaturated fats and fibre, hemp protein powder specifically being very high in insoluble fibre.
Hemp protein powder is a by-product of cold pressing for hemp seed oil. The defatted hemp remains are called hemp cake. This hemp cake is then milled into a fine powder. The protein concentration of hemp protein powder and hemp flour is determined on the screen size through which the milled hemp cake is sifted. Hemp Protein Powder is 50% protein concentration while Hemp Flour is 33%. Compared to whey protein, hemp protein is isolated into a powder form via a mechanical process only with not additives or processing agents such as hexane, which as mentioned above is popular in the isolation of whey protein for powdered supplements.
On paper and not understanding the internal workings of the human body, one would clearly jump in line for whey protein. Take a minute to educate yourself and learn how your body processes protein and what you are truly ingesting and you will quickly learn where the true benefits of hemp protein shine through. Once consumed, your body begins to immediately process your intake. Any animal based product is typically always harder on your body not only to ingest but also to digest properly and ultimately eliminate. In addition, hemp protein and hemp seeds are rarely known to be an allergy to humans – in fact they are one of the most allergen free seeds/nut food products out there.
To top it all off hemp crops are a sustainable, renewable and an environmental friendly agricultural practice. By comparison dairy farming is not as lucky. As the case usually is in life, a little research goes a long way. The utilization of a product that goes through as little mechanical or chemical processing as possible is typically the winner in the game of a healthier lifestyle, quality fuel for the body and positive health changes.