Hemp protein - features2021-12-03
More and more people reduce the consumption of products of animal origin by choosing products of plant origin. And so, the question arises: how do I include the right amount of protein in my diet while reducing the amount of products of animal origin I consume? This is where hemp protein comes into play – it will help you ensure the right supply of protein every day. Literally anyone can include it in their diet, especially those who have an increased demand for protein (e.g. athletes or people who underwent medical surgeries).
Table of contents
- Nutritional value
- Health benefits
- Who is it for?
Hemp protein is a kind of plant protein which is obtained as a result of cold pressing from cannabis sativa L. hemp seed oil. Hemp is classified as a species of the Cannabaceae family and its cultivation probably first took place in the Northeast Asia around six thousand years ago. Hemp protein is a source of highly absorbable plant protein and also contains vitamins (mainly B, C and E vitamins), micro and macro elements as well as dietary fibre.
The main reason we opt for hemp protein is mainly the quantity of protein it contains. 100 g of product may contain over 30 g of pure protein, and in some cases this value may even reach 50 g. During a day, a healthy man should supply around 1 g of protein per 1 kg of body weight, so hemp protein can be included in a diet to ensure that the right amount of that ingredient is supplied.
Another important nutrient which contains hemp protein is healthy fatty acids (mainly polyunsaturated), which are necessary to ensure proper functioning of the body. They are, apart from carbohydrates, the main energy source and help absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), they are crucial for proper functioning of the nervous system, and they are also involved in multiple metabolic processes in the brain.
Hemp protein also supplies various vitamins, especially B, C, and E vitamins. B vitamins perform multiple functions in the human body, e.g. B12 takes part in the production of morphotic elements and it is involved in protein and nucleic acid synthesis. B1, by contrast, is necessary for proper functioning of the nervous system. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, it neutralizes reactive oxygen species (ROS) and their derivatives and also it improves the absorption of calcium and iron (it increases the absorption of non-haem iron). Similarly to vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant, it neutralizes free radicals and may protect the body from the risk of developing coronary heart disease or atherosclerotic lesions.
By consuming hemp protein, you also supply to your body certain amounts of dietary fibre, which performs several functions in the body, e.g. it regulates peristalsis, it increases stool weight and volume, it reduces the risk of developing gallstones, and it provides a feeling of fullness.
3. Nutritional value
The nutritional value in 100 g of hemp protein may vary, depending on the resource and the technology through which protein is obtained. Based on INNUBIO pure protein, the nutritional value is as follows:
- Energy value - 384 kcal
- Total fat - 12 g
- Saturated fatty acids - 1.5 g
- Carbohydrates - 10.5 g
- Dietary fibre - 25 g
- Protein - 51 g
- Salt - 0.5 g
In the INNUBIO offer, you will find Hemp&Go Superfood Plant Power Shake – a complete shake with high content of hemp protein – as many as 31 g of pure protein per 100 g of product.
4. Health benefits
Hemp protein contains large quantities of plant protein which boosts metabolism, improves digestion and also contributes to the growth of the lean body mass. What is more, it shows a beneficial effect on muscle tissue regeneration because protein is its main building block.
It is also a source of amino acids which are crucial for proper functioning of the body. For example, they stimulate regulation of the nervous system, regulation of the brain functions and improvement of muscle cells.
Hemp protein is also rich in fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, which, among others, show a beneficial effect on keeping the circulatory system in good condition. The consumption of these unsaturated fatty acids in appropriate quantities also contributes to reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, cancer, hypertension, and also high cholesterol level.
Hemp protein also contains valuable vitamins and minerals, including high content of iron and magnesium which are crucial for proper functioning of the body.
5. Who is it for?
Hemp protein is virtually for everyone! However, it is mainly recommended for people leading a healthy and active lifestyle as well as athletes who have a much greater demand for this specific ingredient in their diet. Persons who have undergone medical surgeries should also consume protein in higher quantities. Lastly, protein may also be consumed by anyone who wants to lose excess fat while keeping the lean body mass.
Prepared by: Dawid Kierzek, MSc (Sports Dietitian)
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