nzprotein hemp protein pouch

Hemp Protein 1kg

Nutrition Powerhouse. Great For Smoothies and Recipes!

PROTEIN
/ serve

20.2g

FIBRE
/ serve

2.4g

SERVINGS

32
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Nutrition Powerhouse  |  The Best Hemp Protein Powder  |  Complete Protein  |  Hemp vs Whey vs Pea Protein  |  Digestibility  |  Essential Fatty Acids  |  Good Source of Fibre  |  Hemp is Legal in New Zealand  |  Side Effects  |  Other Benefits & Conclusion  |  Recipes

Nutrition Powerhouse

Hemp protein powder is a plant protein and nutritional powerhouse! It's a rich source of protein, essential omega fatty acids, dietary fibre, minerals, antioxidants and phyto-nutrients that can benefit your health.

It's organic, vegan, alkaline, and naturally free of gluten, dairy, soy, and other allergens*. It has a pleasant earthy nutty taste, and makes a great smoothie base. It also works well in recipes such as muffins, balls, cookies, bars and desserts, or any other application that boosts protein intake.

Hemp protein is made by milling pressed hemp seeds into a fine powder and is sold with varying protein content depending on the level of milling and extraction.

Hemp seeds are free from THC and legal in New Zealand. See the Certificate of Analysis below.

The Best Hemp Protein Powder

The best hemp protein powders balance high levels of protein with the healthy fats and nutrients that hemp is renowned for.

Hemp seeds are typically refined to powder with varying ~50%, ~60%, and ~70% protein content. Our product has a protein content of ~60% as we feel this is the best balance between maintaining high levels of protein with omega fatty acids and nutrients essential for function and growth.

Don't choose a hemp protein with ~50 or ~70% protein levels! The hemp powders with higher ~70% protein content achieve this level by removing most of the good omega fatty acids and essential nutrients, and the ~50% varieties lack the level of amino acids needed to be considered a quality source of protein.

Complete Protein

Hemp has a complete amino acid profile, containing all nine essential amino acids and branched chain amino acids that the body cannot produce and must be supplied from the foods we consume.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and muscle tissue, more commonly referred to as the 'building blocks of life'. Hemp seeds contain all 21 amino acids required to support essential metabolic function, making it a source of protein to assist muscle repair and development. Not every plant protein has a complete amino profile - another reason why we recommend this product.

Note that leucine is at lower levels than other protein powders. Leucine is one of three branched chain amino acids and is primarily involved in muscle protein synthesis for muscle growth and recovery. While we recommend this product for vegans and non-vegans alike (especially for the best daily breakfast smoothie), we do not recommend it as the sole source of protein if your goal is maximum muscle gain. Adding a BCAA supplement could help to overcome this.

Hemp vs Whey vs Pea Protein

Which protein is best - hemp, whey, or pea?

All sources have similar levels of calories and protein, but whey and pea have more concentrated amino acid profiles. Whey has the superior amino acid profile and is the fastest to digest.

Hemp contains many other essential nutrients needed for regular body function such as fatty acids and fibre, which whey and pea lack. Therefore we recommend consuming both - hemp makes the best healthy smoothie base and whey is better suited to consuming around physical exercise when amino acid uptake is more critical. Whey is a milk product so not suitable for vegans - if avoiding animal proteins then pea can be used around physical exercise instead of whey.

For a full analysis see our blog article hemp vs whey vs pea.

hemp protein powder in black scoop

Digestibility

Hemp, being a plant based protein, is a slower digesting protein powder than general animal types. In saying that, the digestibility rate is high with 91-97.5% of the protein easily digestible.

The better a protein is digested, the more efficiently it can be used by the body. The digestibility of any given protein is related to the concentrations of its amino acids. The Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) is a rating that determines the bioavailibility of a protein. The maximum score was traditionally 1.0 but newer proteins such as whey exceed this scale. This Australia New Zealand Food Standards report gives hemp seeds a PDCAAS score of 0.9. This is greater than most grains, nuts and legumes.

Essential Fatty Acids

Hemp seeds are a good source of Essential omega Fatty Acids (EFAs). EFAs are vital for heart health and in creating a healthy immune system and reducing inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a leading cause of illness and chronic disease such as arthritis and cancer.

Consuming hemp is an easy way to add more EFAs to your diet. Though hemp protein powder is made by pressing hemp seeds to remove some of the oils, this product is only partially processed - meaning that some of the EFAs and nutrients essential for function and growth remain.

This product has a total of 4.2 grams of essential omega fatty acids per serve, and 13.4 grams of EFAs per 100 grams of product. This does mean that the calories in this product are just slightly higher than other similar protein powders, but we believe that the benefits of having these crucial healthy fats outweigh the slightly higher calories.

hemp protein powder

Good Source of Fibre

Fibre is the part of the food that cannot be digested by the body. It is important in the maintenance of a healthy balanced diet as it helps to keep our bowels functioning and healthy.

High fibre diets have many reported benefits including lowered risk of heart disease, constipation and diabeties (improved blood sugar). Fibre also promotes healthier gut bacteria and a reduced risk of bowel cancer. Men should consume 38 grams and women should consume 25 grams of fibre daily.

Our hemp protein is an easy way to add fibre to your diet. It contains 2.4g of dietary fibre per serve, or 7.8g per 100g. By drinking just one shake or smoothie you'll get 6-10% of your recommended daily intake and, because fibre can keep you feeling full for longer, you may find it more satisfying.

By comparison other protein powders, such as pea, egg, and dairy based powders, contain very little fibre.

Hemp and marijuana both come from the same plant species, the Cannabis Sativa L, but there are differences between the two. Hemp seeds are cultivated from the hemp plant which is grown for applications in the automobile, clothing, body care, plastic, and food industries. Marijuana plants are different to hemp plants and are grown for medicinal and recreational use.

As the plants are grown for different uses they require different growing conditions. Generally, hemp requires minimal care and is able to grow in most climates. Marijuana is usually grown in more carefully controlled atmospheres

Marijuana plants contain high levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the active component and produces the "high", ie the psychoactive component of the plant. Marijuana plants can contain THC levels of between 5-35%. By comparison hemp plants contain THC levels of <0.3%.

The actual hemp seeds do not contain THC. Hemp protein powder is made from hemp seeds. It is the other parts of the hemp plant (leaves/flowers) that contain THC.

hemp protein certificate of analysis june 2019

Side Effects

Though technically the leaves/flowers could contaminate seeds if not processed correctly, hemp plants contain such low levels of THC (<0.3%) that even if so, according to this study, the THC levels are not even significant enough to fail a drug test.

According to Jolene Formene, staff attorney at Drug Policy Alliance, “Hemp seeds are non-psychoactive, meaning that consumers cannot get high by eating them".

Other side effects from hemp seeds are uncommon. Those with allergies to hemp should avoid this product. As this product contains fibre some people may experience sensations of gas, diarrhea or bloating if over-consumed.

Other Benefits & Conclusion

Hemp seeds are a good source of nutrients including iron, calcium and potassium. Hemp seeds also contain antioxidants called lignanamides, including four types newly discovered and unique to them.

The diversity of hemp seed composition, including these types of antioxidants and nutrients, make hemp seed protein a reasonable choice for a protein powder and our recommended choice as the best smoothie base and in baking applications.

eurofins test results for hemp

Hemp Protein Recipes

Green Powder Smoothie

This green smoothie is low in sugar and high in minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, protein and good fats to give you the best platform for overall health and performance.
View Recipe

Hemp Chocolate Raw Brownies

This simple recipe takes only 15 minutes, and yields 10 protein-packed brownie bites. The rich, earthy chocolate taste makes them hard to resist!
View Recipe

Hemp Protein and Chia Pudding

Hemp protein and chia pudding makes a healthy and delicious high protein pudding treat.
View Recipe

Please note that this product is processed in a facility that also handles milk, egg, soy, peanut, and gluten ingredients.


Rated 4.76/5 Based on 37 customer reviews.

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I mainly use in smoothies or with my weetbix. Nice flavour and not too gritty, goes smooth quick. Haven't tried on it's own, but would say it'd be ok for that if you were training, except protein amounts are less in Pea/Beef ect. I'll be buying again
Review by: Anonymous on Wed, Mar 18, 2020 12:43 PM
Choice
Review by: Anonymous on Mon, Mar 16, 2020 7:59 AM
Awesome service. Product arrived within 2 days.
Review by: Tony on Sun, Mar 15, 2020 4:30 PM
Makes me feel great!
Review by: Angie on Tue, Mar 10, 2020 9:32 AM
Great taste. blends well. And the delivery time was astonishing. Ordered one day, on door step the next day.
Review by: Steve on Tue, Mar 10, 2020 7:26 AM
Super smooth, mixes well into yoghurt and not too strong tasting.
Review by: Julia on Mon, Mar 9, 2020 8:44 AM
Excellent product! Tastes great and keeps me fuller for longer!
Review by: Anonymous on Tue, Mar 3, 2020 12:03 PM
Very good product and service
Review by: Anonymous on Mon, Mar 2, 2020 3:00 PM
Nice easily dissolvable protein.
Doesn't leave me feeling bloated and heavy like the whey.
Cheers!
Review by: Dan on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 9:52 AM
The vanilla hemp protein powder is delicious and mixes so easily. Mixing it with yoghurt makes the tastiest dessert!
Review by: Anonymous on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 9:31 AM
Very happy with the product, I bought pea protein many times before and never happy with the flavours, I sich to Hem protein and I love the test and how good it mix with milk and yogurt.
If you looking for a plan base protein, I recommend this one as it has lowers sodium that pea protein.
Review by: Anonymous on Tue, Feb 4, 2020 9:58 AM
The best animal-free protein for sure
Review by: Isaac on Mon, Jan 27, 2020 11:13 AM
Great value for money. Not an overpowering flavour compared to other brands. Looking forward to the vanilla flavour dropping:
Review by: Anonymous on Mon, Jan 20, 2020 3:22 AM
Very quick service!
Great product!
Thank you!
Review by: Sergei on Fri, Dec 27, 2019 9:05 PM
A nice nutty taste, like LSA, and my skin didn't react to it like other proteins!
Review by: Tim on Mon, Dec 23, 2019 12:06 PM
This is the best tasting, best value hemp protein I have ever tried. It's even ok blended in just water with nothing else. This is my staple protein now. Can't reccomend enough
Review by: John on Wed, Dec 18, 2019 9:54 AM
Not bad
Review by: Daniel on Sat, Dec 14, 2019 1:35 PM
Probably good for me but doesn?t taste great
Review by: Ally on Sat, Dec 7, 2019 8:04 AM
great
Review by: Matt on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 9:45 AM
Good
Review by: Anonymous on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 8:50 PM
Great plant protein, the taste in my usual berry smoothie is great, no graininess at all - unlike pea proteins....I really like that there's no artificial sweetener (or stevia, thank goodness) in it either. The Whey Isolate recently seems exceptionally sweet, perhaps they slipped when adding the Sucralose, the Hemp protein tastes more natural, not messed with! I'll definitely buy again, this is going to be my regular protein.
Review by: Becky on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 3:43 PM
Id recommend not drinking it by itself, I tried with almond milk and water, its not too hard to get down, blend easily. just taste like blended grass. With smoothies its good!
Review by: Brett on Wed, Nov 20, 2019 9:43 AM
This goes well with soy milk and almond milk. Adds a great nutty flavour! Will be ordering more.
Review by: Jo on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 10:38 AM
On recomendation I have tried the Hemp Protein, and while the taste is different it is agreeing with me more than the Pea Protein.
Its only been a week, but I have already noticed a differnce in how I feel each day.
Review by: Sarajane on Sat, Oct 26, 2019 7:54 AM
Huge fan of anything hemp great taste easy mix how bout a flavour tho is that pos
Review by: Buck on Wed, Oct 23, 2019 8:14 AM
Have only been using this product for a few months in combination with whey protein. It mixes well into a smoothie and seems to be a powerhouse of nutrients and keeps me feeling full and not needing to snack between meals. I shall continue to use Hemp protein as well as Whey protein.

NZ Protein offers a brilliant delivery service - can?t be beaten!!
Review by: Anonymous on Wed, Oct 16, 2019 7:31 AM
Based on the reviews I didn?t have super high hopes but I actually really enjoy it! I use it for smoothies :)
Review by: Anonymous on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 12:03 PM
Great product good price quick delivery would purchase again
Review by: bruce on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 6:57 AM
I was so impressed with this protein! I was looking for a cheaper protein as I go through it quite quickly and for 1kg of hemp at only $45 including shipping I was sold! I personally haven?t enjoyed the taste of hemp in the past and was a little concerned that with it being unflavoured and not sweetened etc that it would taste gross. But nope! I can hardly taste it in my smoothies and tastes nice in my porridge. Absolutely love this product! And not gritty at all. Will be buying again!
Review by: Rebekah on Fri, Sep 27, 2019 9:31 AM
I use this in baking and in my morning smoothies and I really like the nutty taste of hemp. This is definitely the best deal I've found for a kilo of the stuff with a good protein percentage.
Review by: Rose on Tue, Sep 24, 2019 5:02 AM
Fast delivery, good service
Review by: Anonymous on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 9:11 AM
Tastes a bit green but that is to be expected. Very nice when mixed with berries.
Review by: Joshua on Thu, Sep 5, 2019 2:01 PM
Amazing Protien with perfect omega 3-6-9 profile!
Review by: Nakul on Thu, Aug 29, 2019 12:13 AM
Really good Organic Hemp Protein Powder!! Great consistency and neutral taste for smoothies etc!
Review by: Anonymous on Wed, Aug 21, 2019 1:33 PM
Great product.
Has a natural nutty flavour, mixes really easy.
Is a little grainy which is normal for Hemp Protein powder.
I mix it with the Pea Protein.
Very easy to consume.

Very very fast delivery as usual.
Review by: Anonymous on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 6:53 PM
This is the best hemp protein that I have found so far in NZ. I have tried a few others and the macros of this one, and the price, are good. For people wondering of the flavour, to me, it tastes like ground oats added to milk, perhaps a tad nuttier and earthier. The main benefit is the digestibility; it provides no bloat for me unlike whey protein.
Review by: Anonymous on Tue, May 28, 2019 11:39 AM
Thought I?d give hemp protein a go as an alternative to whey. In the 3 weeks I?ve been using it I?ve found it to be really good. My Stomach feels less bloated than when using whey protein. Texture is smooth however the flavour is a shocker (very earthy!). I recommend adding it to a smoothie. I add banana, frozen berries, honey nz protein super foods powder and some almond butter and blend it with water. Would be nice if it came with an added flavour.
Review by: Grant on Mon, Mar 11, 2019 9:19 PM

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Unflavoured

Serving size: 31.25g (2 heaped scoops)
Servings per pack: 32

Name Ave Quantity Per Serving Ave Quantity Per 100g
Energy 556kJ 1779kJ
Calories 133 424
Protein 20.2g 64.6g
       - Gluten 0g 0g
Fat - total 5g 15.9g
       - Saturated 0.6g 1.8g
       - Total Omega Fats 4.2g 13.4g
       Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.7g 2.2g
       Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.7g 8.7g
       Omega-9 Fatty Acids 0.8g 2.5g
       - Trans Fats <0.01g <0.02g
Carbohydrate 4.3g 13.7g
       - Sugars 1.8g 5.7g
       - Dietary Fibre 2.4g 7.8g
Sodium <1mg <1mg
Calcium 27mg 88mg
Potassium 512mg 1640mg
Iron 6mg 18mg

Ingredients: Organic Hemp Protein Powder

Gourmet Vanilla

Serving size: 31.25g (2 heaped scoops)
Servings per pack: 32

Name Ave Quantity Per Serving Ave Quantity Per 100g
Energy 566kJ 1769kJ
Calories 135 422
Protein 19.8g 62g
       - Gluten 0g 0g
Fat - total 4.9g 15.3g
       - Saturated 0.6g 1.7g
       - Total Omega Fats 4.1g 12.9g
       Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.7g 2.1g
       Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.7g 8.4g
       Omega-9 Fatty Acids 0.8g 2.4g
       - Trans Fats <0.01g <0.02g
Carbohydrate 5.4g 16.8g
       - Sugars 1.8g 5.7g
       - Dietary Fibre 2.4g 7.5g
       Sodium 1mg 7.5mg
       Calcium 27mg 84mg
Potassium 504mg 1574mg
Iron 5.5mg 17.3mg

Ingredients: Organic Hemp Protein Powder, Flavour, Sweetener (Sucralose)

Typical Amino Acid Profile

(mg per serving - unflavoured)

Branched chain aminio acids:
Isoleucine 730
Leucine 1220
Valine 920
Other essential aminio acids:
Lysine 640
Methionine 460
Phenylalanine 830
Threonine 640
Alanine 770
Non essential aminio acids:
Histidine 520
Arganine 2510
Aspartic Acid 2020
Cysteine/Cystine 260
Glutamic Acid 3310
Glycine 800
Proline 630
Serine 960
Tyrosine 630
Hydroxyproline <100
Ornithine <100

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