The Difference Between Hemp Seeds and Hemp Protein Powder
Alright guys, the time has come for me to discuss an issue that has been confusing health-conscious vegans everywhere. Today, I will be exploring the nitty gritty deets (how’s that for a relevant pun?) behind hemp seeds and hemp protein powder .
Far too often, I hear from potential clients seeking vegan meal plans that don’t contain any soy. I’m all for a whole foods approach to eating but when we’re talking about a vegan competition prep diet or simply building muscle on a vegan diet , truth is, our protein options are somewhat limited. And I do believe that it’s that much harder for us veegs to build muscle AND lower body fat without consuming ANY soy therefore it’s crucial to at least include protein powder in their diet plan.
I’m also all about variety when it comes to meal planning so I’ll usually include both a good-quality rice-based protein like my own and also a hemp-based option like Manitoba Harvest . And you know what question 90% of clients come back with?
“Can I eat hemp seeds instead of hemp protein powder?”
And then I take a deep breath and go into my lengthy, passionate description as to why hemp seeds will not produce the same “Jacked on the Beanstalk” results as hemp powder. The short answer being HEMP SEEDS ARE A FAT SOURCE. HEMP POWDER IS A PROTEIN SOURCE.
Yes, hemp seeds are considered a “whole food” and do contain some protein. And yes, it is hemp seeds that are ground up in the first stage of hemp protein processing. The seeds are, however, squeezed to extract the oil (removing most of the fat content.) And what remains is referred to as “hemp seed cake” (mmmmmmm sounds appetizing, doesn’t it?) 🙂
The hemp “seed cake” is what gets milled and turned into powder. The powder is then sifted into “hemp flour.” This flour from the initial “sifting” creates a high fiber product but one that’s also lower in protein. Side note: am I using enough quotation marks in this paragraph or no?
Finally, to make that muscle building hemp protein we meatless meatheads love oh-so-much, the flour gets sifted to an even finer degree. This extra sifting removes a lot of the fiber content, leaving a higher concentration of protein.
And THAT my vegan friends, is why a handful of hemp hearts is far more tasty and enjoyable than a bowl of hemp powder. They’re FAT. And who doesn’t love fats?!
I should also mention that due to the fact hemp protein is made from hemp seeds , it obviously produces a protein powder with a slightly higher fat content than say, a rice or pea-based protein. So for my clients who are training for a competition or desperately trying to lower body fat, I will put more rice protein on their meal plans rather than hemp powder to keep fats lower.
And finally, for all you macro counters who want the cold, hard, nutritional facts, these ghetto, highlighted tables were made just for you! 🙂
Check the higher fat and calories of hemp seeds and note their lower protein and fiber content:
And here is the nutritional data for North Coast Naturals’ organic hemp protein powder :
I should mention that regardless of how you eat ’em, hemp seeds are still a nutrition powerhouse as you can see from my tables above. They digest easily, taste awesome and are super versatile, adding great texture to everything from salads and oatmeal to baking and smoothies.
And the fat they do contain is at least GOOD FAT. We’re talkin’ a healthy dose of omega-3 and omega-6s plus muscle-building amino acids. Hemp seeds are also high in magnesium which helps you to fall asleep at night, relaxes your muscles, controls blood sugar, blood pressure and good for your bones. So however which way you choose to eat them, get ’em in ya.
Alright, I’m officially over talking about hemp. And for some reason, now I feel as though I should smoke a joint, eat some hemp seed cake and do yoga in the forest…
Disclaimer: this picture was totally staged for a stock photo my friend Roby Pavone needed. What’s yoga?!
The nitty, gritty facts (pun intended) on the difference between hemp seeds and hemp powder & why one is much better for vegan bodybuilders than the other.
Hemp Hearts Vs. Hemp Seeds
If you are looking for ways to add protein and other essential nutrients to your diet, look no further than hemp. As far as healthy snacks go, hemp hearts are at the top of the list. They pack a serious nutritional punch. Hemp hearts contain essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Three tablespoons of hemp hearts contain 10 grams of complete plant-based protein and 15 percent of your daily iron. But if you’ve recently discovered the powerful nutrition of hemp, you are probably wondering what is the difference is between hemp seeds and hemp hearts.
Hemp Seed and Hemp Heart Differences
Hemp seeds are the seed of the Cannabis Sativa plant and have a hard nut-like exterior and soft chewy inside. They are a great crunchy snack option with packed with all the benefits of hemp foods but are difficult to add to recipes with their hard exterior. Think sunflower seed.
Hemp hearts are raw, hulled hemp seeds. They are the soft, chewy center found inside the shell of the hemp seed. Hemp hearts have a subtle nutty flavor and can be consumed raw. You can also cook or toast them if you prefer, making hemp hearts the perfect pantry staple because of their versatility. You can add them to oatmeal, smoothies, desserts and more. They are great for keto, paleo, and dairy-free diets. There are few superfoods that can equal hemp hearts nutrition.
The benefits Hemp Hearts and Hemp Seeds Share:
There are so many hemp seeds and hemp hearts benefits that it is hard to list them all. Here are just a few of our favorite reasons to love having hemp in our diet:
Hemp hearts have a very unique and rare fatty acid profile that includes a 3:1 ratio of fatty acids Omega-6 and Omega-3, which is the perfect ratio for the human body.
Hemp hearts also contain gamma linoleic (GLA) and stearidonic fatty acids. These also help fight inflammation and enhance immune system functioning. Chronic inflammation in the body can trigger a long list of problems from arthritis to cancer.
Relieves PMS Symptoms
Does PMS get you down each month? You can ease some of those awful recurring monthly symptoms with hemp hearts. Hemp hearts contain GLA, which has been shown to help alleviate the symptoms of PMS by balancing hormone levels. It’s hard to believe that these tiny seeds are great for soothing and nourishing your body and tasty to boot.
Good For Muscles and Joints
Hemp hearts contain the essential fatty acid Omega-3. This fatty acid is necessary for joint and muscle repair. Omega-3 is a superstar in the nutrient world. In addition to being great for joints and muscles, it also helps fight and manage heart disease and lower blood pressure.
Easily Digestible Nutrients
The protein from hemp hearts comes from edestin, which is an easily digestible protein. This protein is easily absorbed and used by the human body. Because of this, hemp hearts also have a low allergy potential, making them a great fill in for people with soy or peanut allergies.
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Hemp hearts vs. hemp seeds. Hemp hearts are raw, hulled hemp seeds. They are the soft, chewy center found inside the shell of the hemp seed.