Compare Hemp Seed Protein to other proteins

First thing to consider when looking for a good source of protein is what toxins could there be as contaminants. Is the protein you are consuming certified organic? Since protein powders advertising 100% protein are highly refined products, they are concentrating the protein source. Most of the time this is done with some kind of removal process which can include chemicals, filtration or a combination of both. Regardless of the method used, the proteins are being isolated or concentrated, this means whatever was present in the original product, whatever unwanted chemicals or toxins, those chemicals and toxins are now going to be even more concentrated in the product that results. If the proteins being isolated or concentrated are not from a pure, clean source, you are increasing your risk of gertting those toxins or chemnicals from the product.

With our hemp protein, we use a mechanical separation process using screens. This has advantages and disadvantages. The main disadvantage is that there is little or no chance that with the screening method, we will be able to achieve a protein concentration of 100%. This can only be achieved by creating an isolate. This is actually also one of the advantages. We are not isolating proteins to create a protein powder, we are removing other items like fibre and carbohydrates from the hemp protein powder to increase the amount of protein, it is a much more natural product and has the distinct advantage of maintaining some of the fibre originally found in the whole hemp seed. In the creation of hemp protein powder, the disadvantage is actually turned into an advantage!

Protein Digestibility

Food Source Protein Digestibility (%)
Egg 97
Milk and Cheese 97
Mixed North American Diet 96
Peanut Butter 95
Meat and Fish 94
Hemp Protein 90
Whole Wheat 86
Oatmeal 86
Soybeans 78
Rice 76

Source: National Research Council. Recommended Dietary Allowances, 10th ed. National Academy Press, 1989.

Estimates of Amino Acid Requirements

Requirements, mg/kg per day, by age group
Amino Acid Infants,
Age 3-4 mo
Age ~2 yr
Age 10-12 yr
Histidine 28 ? ? 8-12
Isoleucine 70 31 28 10
Leucine 161 73 42 14
Lysine 103 64 44 12
Methionine plus cystine 58 27 22 13
Phenylalanine plus tyrosine 125 69 22 14
Threonine 87 37 28 7
Tryptophan 17 12.5 3.3 3.5
Valine 93 38 25 10
Total without histidine 714 352 214 84