I was speaking to a close friend the other day who mentioned that Hemp Protein was separated and that’s how come it can have a higher content of protein in the powder then the actual seeds. I told him I was going to research this as I, being the one to sell hemp, believed they just crushed up the whole seed to make the protein powder. O.K. I admit, I was hugely wrong!! I did research and found out not only does protein powder contain more protein then the actual Hulled Hemp Seeds, I found out how it was made and wanted to share it with you.
How do you feel or what do you do when your totally wrong about a disagreement you just had with a friend?
I asked the manufacturers personally, those that make the hemp products that I sell, what’s the difference between hemp seeds and the powder and how is hemp powder made. Their the once who make it all happen out at their hemp farm so figured they should know. That’s right! People have to actually grow, harvest and then produce a product that is useful for all sorts of things, not to mention a product that’s really healthy for you, on a farm before it can be manufactured.
This is what I found out
* The whole seed is harvested from the crop
* Put into big drums that thrash the seeds about using big huge blades. This knocks the seeds against the sides of the drum which breaks the outer shell off to expose the seed in the inside.
* The two parts now need to be sifted so that the outer shell and the seed are separated.
* Now comes the fun part! The seed is separated again, this time from its oil. Therefore giving you “Hemp Seed Oil“. You now have three different products-the outer shell, inside seed and the oil.
* As the process of the seed is being separated from its oil its forming what is called a “cake”. The cake is put into a dryer to evaporate all the oil from it. Can’t have any moisture in a powder-that would turn into mush real fast.
* This cake is taken away and added to the outer shell, mixed, crushed and ground together.
* You now have Protein Powder. Rich in vitamins and minerals.
In it’s purist form it doesn’t look all that great but healthy for you and tastes a bit like flour.
Hemp Protein has 43 grams of protein for every 100 gram serving. That’s only 8 tablespoons in a day. It’s also the recommended daily protein doze for the average person. Use it in your smoothies, baking or over your cereal.You’ll also find that it’s higher in protein then Soy or Whey Protein, which are both unhealthy for you but I’ll leave that for other sites.
Hemp protein is rich in other vitamins and minerals that you would expect coming from this “Natural Food Source”, because both the outer shell and the cake from the dried up seeds are being used BUT you’ll have to stay tuned and read my next blog for that information.
Sorry my friend! You were right!!