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!
|Food Source||Protein Digestibility (%)|
|Milk and Cheese||97|
|Mixed North American Diet||96|
|Meat and Fish||94|
Source: National Research Council. Recommended Dietary Allowances, 10th ed. National Academy Press, 1989.
|Requirements, mg/kg per day, by age group|
Age 3-4 mo
Age ~2 yr
Age 10-12 yr
|Methionine plus cystine||58||27||22||13|
|Phenylalanine plus tyrosine||125||69||22||14|
|Total without histidine||714||352||214||84|