Today we pull back the mask on the cannabis plant!
Over the past few years, Hemp has received a bad name, mostly because it is a cannabis plant, and the wider public opinion of cannabis is mostly centred around it’s recreational use.
This has been unfortunate for Hemp Production, but also unfortunate for the human race itself as well as the earth we live on.
The reason for these prevailing biased opinions about hemp is its other family member- marijuana. Marijuana contains a high quantity of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-the chemical with psychoactive properties. On the other hand, industrial hemp does contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but it is present only in trace amounts.
In fact, most of us know hemp as a drug for it has psychotropic effects. But there is another side to this story and that is the hemp is one of the greatest sources of plant-based proteins.
Hemp is the Greatest source of Plant-based Proteins
By unlocking the nutritional potentials of hemp, you can take your bodily health to the next level which you have only imagined so far.
Hemp is one of the most nutrient-rich plants and it contains vital nutrients like;
- and dietary fibres
In addition to;
- and healthy fats.
That’s a whole lot of the building blocks of life all in one convenient plant based source!
Hemp Seed is a Great source of Healthy Fats
Fats of hemp include omega-3 and omega-6 which are beneficial for human health and increase the level of good cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. Out of its rich nutrients, its proteins are the good source that your body consumes as an energy source and as building blocks to repair body tissues and build muscles. 20 grams of hemp seeds contain about 6.31 grams of proteins, how a rich protein source hemp seeds are! Such a rich source of vegan proteins can totally change the way body build.
But what are proteins?
Vegan proteins are much superior to animal-based proteins. I am not assuming this, science does. I’m almost sorry to say it because I love me some animal based protein. But the science is very clear, Vegan proteins ARE healthier for you.
Proteins are made up of tiny molecules known as amino acids-building blocks of proteins.
Numerous types of amino acids are present which combine to form different types of proteins, but only twenty amino acids are frequently used to form a wide range of protein structures within the human body.
Out of these twenty amino acids, the human body can’t make nine amino acids and these nine amino acids are known as essential amino acids.
As a general rule, most vegan protein sources are not what are known as, “Complete Proteins” meaning that very few single plant sources have all 9 essential amino acids within them. For example, if you were a vegan and required a complete protein source within a meal, you could combine lentils and rice together, and you would have all 9 essential amino acids on your plate!
Because animal proteins are already made up of all twenty amino acids required to make all the structures within the animal body, they are complete proteins. When you body breaks down animal proteins into usable amino acids, a full range of amino acids are available, which is why animal proteins are considered complete proteins.
What do proteins do for your body?
Proteins play a critical role in maintaining human health as they are parts of every structure of the human body like bones, hair, skin, muscles, and the like.
The human body can’t store proteins and therefore its supply needs to be constantly replenished from the diet. You need to be very careful when choosing a protein source as your protein source must include all of the nine essential amino acids; otherwise, your health would be at stake.
Are Vegan Proteins really better for you?
When it comes to protein sources then vegan proteins are preferred by body-builders and gym trainers.
The reason for this is Vegan proteins contain maximum essential amino acids and therefore they help you quickly repair your withered tissues after an intense work-out and add up muscle mass quickly, providing you use a complete protein source, Vegan proteins are used more readily by the body and calorie to calorie vegan protein sources tend to be similar to animal protein sources. Yes, there is no foundation behind the common question “where do vegans get their protein from”
The Human Body Evolved to use both
For good results, you must combine vegan and animal-based proteins to get all of the essential amino acids.
But in case of hemp, you can take it alone as it is a complete source of proteins which means that hemp contains all of the nine essential amino acids which your body can’t make on its own.
So if you are counting on hemp as a body-building diet, believe me, it will never betray you. Besides its nutritional benefits, hemp has also a positive impact on our environment.
Hemp Protein versus Whey- An Environmental Perspective
Whey is derived from milk which contains high protein content. Whey is separated from the milk and after adding artificial sweeteners and preservatives, protein powder supplements are manufactured from it. A variety of these whey-based protein supplements are available in the market.
Besides, picking up whey can damage our environment irreparably. As whey is associated with the dairy industry and dairy industry is adversely affecting our environment.
Manure of dairy cows adds more greenhouse gases to the environment and therefore contributes to global warming. Also in the case of manure mishandling, local freshwater resources are contaminated for example excessive addition of manure to local water resource like freshwater ponds lead to eutrophication-more organic waste in a water body.
Due to eutrophication, algae and other small water plants consume all of the water oxygen and as a result, other water lives like fish die due to suffocation. Finally, more and more forest land is being cleared for farming-needed to maintain dairy farms and this deforestation further deteriorates our already stressed environment. World wildlife organization (WWF) considers dairy farming as environmentally unsustainable.
Regardless of whether you are vegan, or like us are not, we would highly implore you to look a little deeper into the dairy industry, most animal products can be sourced responsibly, there is no responsible way to harvest milk from other mammals.
On the other hand, hemp is a very environmental-friendly plant. Hemp plant requires a little amount of water to complete its lifecycle and therefore it will not strain the already scarce water resources. Besides, hemp is also pest-resistant so no or very little toxic anti-pest chemicals are needed for its cultivation. Besides, all of the hemp products are biodegradable and are recycled easily. Finally, hemp can take out large amounts of carbon dioxide from the environment as compared to other plants. Therefore its cultivation can help slow global warming.
In conclusion, opting hemp as a protein source can not only help you to body build and repair your withered tissues but it can also improve our already stressed environment. The 1980s was the decade of whey and this one is the hemp’s decade.
Follow the trend and go hemp. Try our Hemp Nourish Protein powder today!