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Hemp protein: what are the benefits?
June 7, 2022 by Giovani

Hemp Protein: What are the benefits?

Hemp protein is a by-product of the Cannabis Sativa plant, known and used worldwide for many purposes due to its fibrosity. Very dynamic, Hemp is a product that crossed the seven seas in 200 BC. It was already used for making ropes.

However, the fibrous availability favoured the industry to use Hemp in the manufacture of paper, candles, hammocks, among other things. However, due to the "Cannabis" genus, Hemp has also been and still is the target of criticism and even bans, as in Spain and the United States, where they associated the molecular composition with Cannabis.

And so this association with Cannabis, without taking into account the possibility of understanding the differences, has triggered bans on the use of Hemp even in the pharmaceutical industry around the world. But this reality has been changing more and more in recent years.

Knowing more about Hemp protein

As said, Hemp can be defined as a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant species. In general, a lot of confusion is made around this definition. In a way, because it belongs to the same family as Cannabis, hemp-based products are expected to have marketing difficulties. However, it needs to be clarified that it does not have the active ingredient of recreational Cannabis. There is even a term to represent this differentiation: industrial Hemp.

To give you an idea, it is one of the fastest-growing plants and one of the first to be used in the creation of fibres. Some examples of applications are animal feed, food, biofuels and thermal insulation. In addition, it is also possible to use the plant for the development of biodegradable plastics and even to make clothes and fabrics. These applications are only possible due to industrial Hemp, which has a lower concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the active ingredient in Cannabis. This factor, when associated with a more intense presence of cannabidiol, contributes to further softening THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This can reduce or even eliminate the psychoactive effects caused by Cannabis. Despite this difference, the use of the plant must be done with special care to avoid consequences. With these points in mind, it's time to understand more about the use of hemp protein.

Benefits of Hemp Protein

It is from the seeds of the plant that proteins can be obtained. Based on this, it is possible to create a supplement that is very rich in nutrients, especially fibre. Another intrinsic characteristic of Hemp protein is its high digestibility; that is, it makes the body's work much easier to take advantage of nutrients. In order to extract the main compounds responsible for these active principles, it is necessary to submit the seeds to the following processes:

Cold pressing: basically it is a mechanical extraction procedure to obtain the nutrients present in the hemp composition;

Trituration: a step that will transform the compound obtained by cold pressing into a very homogeneous powder rich in proteins;

Waste separation: finally, the last process is in charge of eliminating the particles that were not very well defined by the stages.

Of course, there may be variations in these procedures, as the objective may be to preserve different active principles. Nevertheless, essentially, the processes can be separated in this way. Based on these three steps, hemp protein can be obtained. The most well-known benefits are:

Ease of digestion is undoubtedly the main benefit offered by hemp protein. As demonstrated by the study published in 2010 in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry;

There is a high concentration of fibres. These nutrients play an important role in the body, such as preventing heart disease and even diabetes;

Small portions of the protein are capable of providing large amounts of nutrients to users. For example, 30 grams of Hemp provides 12 grams of fibre for the body;

Evidence points to Hemp's ability to ease blood pressure and chest pain;

It helps in the treatment of symptoms related to premenstrual tension.

Benefits of Hemp Flour in Food

In China, Hemp is quite traditional. So much so that the seeds can even be found in the cinema served as snacks.

To understand more about the reason for the consumption of this product, nothing better than knowing some more differentials, specifically for food:

It has omega 3 in its composition and, therefore, helps the user to enjoy the benefits offered by this nutrient;
Due to the richness of proteins, it is an excellent source to complement the diet;
Vegan and vegetarian diets can benefit greatly from the use of hemp proteins due to their richness;
Fatty acids are very important for skin maintenance. Therefore, nothing better than making use of hemp flour; after all it is rich in these nutrients;
The seed is considered an excellent source for obtaining vegetable protein.

It is undeniable that hemp flour is an excellent food supplement, and, as more research on Hemp in the food sector emerges, the greater our knowledge on the subject will be.

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