Nobody said shopping for a protein powder would be easy! From casein to soy, rice to pea, it can be hard to know what type will work best for your individual nutritional and workout needs.
So, to help demystify one of the newest protein powder trends – hemp powder – we spoke to Bulk Nutrients ambassador and nutrition coach, Bridget Freeman and asked her all of our hemp protein questions.
Keep reading to get the low down and shop our suggestions below.
POPSUGAR Australia: What is hemp protein?
Bridget Freeman: Hemp protein is produced from cold pressed hemp seed oil extracted from the seeds of a plant called Cannabis Sativa.
PS: Is hemp protein safe from psychoactive effects?
Bridget: Hemp protein powder is not psychoactive in any form. It is safe, sustainable and an awesome source of fatty acids and amino acids.
PS: Can hemp protein make you fail a drug test?
Bridget: It will not result in a positive test for THC and it is impossible to get ‘high’ from eating hemp protein.
PS: What are the benefits of hemp protein?
Bridget: Hemp protein will benefit those who are looking for an all-natural plant protein option which is still intact as a whole food. It is lactose-free, gluten-free and completely unprocessed. It has the full range of amino acids and is high in fibre which is great for digestion and feeling full. Additionally, it has essential fatty acids and a balance of omega-3 and 6.
PS: Can hemp protein powder help with weight loss?
Bridget: Hemp protein doesn’t have any direct fat burning or weight loss properties, however, due to low sodium levels, being low in naturally occurring carbohydrates, high omega three and six essential fatty acids and protein levels, it pairs well with a weight loss food plan.
PS: Is hemp protein powder vegan or vegetarian?
Bridget: Yes, hemp protein is a 100% natural plant product which is vegan and vegetarian-friendly.
PS: How can you incorporate hemp protein into your diet?
Bridget: It can be added to smoothies, protein shakes, yoghurt, sprinkled over almost any food and even used in baking. It’s also great in protein balls and has a nutty flavour.