If you’ve ever considered incorporating more plant protein in your diet, you’ve likely come across options like tempeh, chickpeas, and soy protein. But we consider hemp—one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, a superior and largely underrated source of plant protein. Hemp's ability to be so versatile in its applications and its ability to support the body and mind is why hemp is the primary ingredient from which we derive Sagely Naturals CBD.
Whether you choose to infuse your smoothies, oatmeal, or favorite baked good with hemp protein goodness—here’s why, compared to many other plant-based foods, hemp is a plant-based nutritional powerhouse:
1. It’s a Complete Protein & Low in Calories
Hemp contains all 21 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids we can only obtain from our diet—which is quite rare for a plant source. In fact, a ¼ cup serving of hemp protein contains approximately 15g of protein packed into just 120 calories. Although this can’t be compared to something like beef, for plant-based protein, it doesn't get much better.
2. Hemp Protein is Easy to Digest
Although most animal proteins are easier to digest than plant proteins—up to 98% of protein from hemp seeds is digestible. This is thanks to the amino acids—edestin and albumin—which are present in high enough quantities to make the proteins easily digestible by the body.
3. Hemp Protein Builds & Repairs Muscles
Hemp protein can support important bodily functions, such as repair and maintenance, as well as build lean muscle. This is because your body can use almost all of the amino acids in hemp protein. Amino acids help to increase the rate of repair while simultaneously slowing the decay of existing muscles.
4. Antioxidant-Rich & Heart Health Friendly
Aside from being a great source of protein and fiber, hemp is also rich in antioxidants which protect the body from oxidative damage. Coupling this with a healthful ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3 means you can feel confident that your heart health is receiving a much-needed boost in the process.
5. Hemp Seeds Contain Other Nutrients
As a health food, hemp has a robust nutritional profile. Its seeds are high in essential fatty acids, fiber, B vitamins, potassium, Vitamin E, unsaturated “healthy” fats, minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, and an assortment of antioxidants. These nutrients contribute to your heart and brain health, immune system, and energy production.
As versatile as it is nutritious, the hemp plant has seemingly limitless potential and applications from stalk to flower. No matter how you choose to consume it, hemp is a powerhouse food worthy of a place in your cupboard and health and wellness routine.