Hemp Protein 1kgNutrition Powerhouse. Great For Smoothies and Recipes!
Nutritional 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why is Hemp Protein White in Colour?
Our product is white in colour because the outer green skin casings of hulled hemp seeds are removed. IE, this product is made from dehulled hemp seeds, which are white in colour. This is how the 60% protein powder level is achieved and it creates a smoother texture and better taste, while being less gritty.
Hemp is Legal in New Zealand
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.
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.
Hemp Protein Recipes
We've got a range of hemp protein powder based recipes available on our recipes page. Here are some favourites:
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.
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!
Hemp Mini Chocolate Squares
Settle in for the evening with these chocolate hemp brownie bites. High in protein and fibre to keep you feeling full. Best served warm with your favourite toppings!
Hemp Pizza Muffins
These morish savoury muffins are perfect for people on the go who are after something quick and nutritious!
Hemp Protein and Chia Pudding
Hemp protein and chia pudding makes a healthy and delicious high protein breakfast or pudding treat. Packed with nutrients and fibre and flavoured how you’d like - this recipe is a go-to.
Mushroom Hemp Fritters
The savoury alternative to pikelets for those who don't have a sweet tooth. Whether it's for breakfast or a snack in between meals these little goodies are sure to hit the spot.
Please note that this product is processed in a facility that also handles milk, egg, soy, peanut, and gluten ingredients.
It does have a strong smell when I open the container but I dont notice it once I add it to my smoothie mix. It taste delicious. I will definitely be buying more
Totally recommend especially for the omegas
Not so great with just water. Tastes funny and unpleasant mouthfeel.
Really enjoying the benefits thanks
And it is doing wonder's for my skin... Also I am not having any cravings.. And curbs my hunger pangs.. It is also not griity in texture well done team!!! will be buying this product for life!! ❤️
Just good, minimally processed and high quality protein. Highly recommended for anyone trying to avoid dairy, it’s cost effective too.
Probably not great on it’s own with water, but with a banana etc it’s great and mixes very nicely.
Thanks nz protein for providing a good cost effective option for us.
Cheers NZ Protein!
Great with just water or my favourite with Oat milk.
No bloat or discomfort after consuming like with whey.
Great product and great service.
Thanks NZ Protein.
My preference is your Pea protein and I'll probably go back as it returns to stock.
As always, brilliant service even in lockdown.
Fast delivery, great service
Tastes good and mixes well.
I Have tried a number of different suppliers and this product is one of the best.
After 5days of use i am noticing weight gain.I am ectomorph body type and have a very physical life style, I throughly reccomend this product. Plus very fast delivery.
i have one scoop (half a serving) with one scoop of berry pea protein, frozen mixed fruit, almond milk and some juice for an post workout or late snack smoothie, where never fails to impress me.
taking half a scoop in my opinion doesnt give you that strong earthy taste that most hemp proteins do as much, especially when fruit and juice is involved and lasts longer for those on a budget 😁
Brilliant service from NZ Protein- ordered at about 6.30am, received afternoon of same day. Fantastic!!
NZ Protein offer a top-notch delivery service.
Definately be back for more!
Brilliant service from NZProtein
Amazing fast delivery.
Doesn't leave me feeling bloated and heavy like the whey.
If you looking for a plan base protein, I recommend this one as it has lowers sodium that pea protein.
Its only been a week, but I have already noticed a differnce in how I feel each day.
NZ Protein offers a brilliant delivery service - can?t be beaten!!
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.
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Serving size: 31.25g (2 heaped scoops)
Servings per pack: 32
|Name||Ave Quantity Per Serving||Ave Quantity Per 100g|
|Fat - total||5g||15.9g|
|- 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|
|- Dietary Fibre||2.4g||7.8g|
Ingredients: Organic Hemp Protein Powder
(mg per serving - unflavoured)
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