Hemp Protein vs. Whey, Soy & Rice Proteins

How Much Do You Know About Your Protein Powder?

Take out what you think you know - but what do you actually know about how it’s affecting your body, your organs and your health?

Many protein powders can actually do a lot of damage. You might gain muscle, get stronger, and even feel OK, but prolonged use of the wrong protein powder can lead to all sorts of problems later on.

Hemp protein powder is a complete protein, where others are not. We’re going to run through how the benefits of hemp protein powder compare to common alternatives and show how much better it is for you.

 

Hemp Protein Powder v Rice Protein Powder

 

Hemp protein powder contains all nine essential amino acids. Many rice protein powders do too, but they often don't have enough of some amino acids to be considered a complete protein. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and having all the most essential amino acids promotes good digestion, muscle gain, and fat loss, among other things.

Rice protein powder requires a whole lot of processing, because it’s a starchy grain. This means they’re often refined to taste better and can have a whole lot of added carbohydrates. Hemp protein powder goes through very little processing, if any, makes it a more natural product with fewer additives.

 

Hemp Protein Powder v Whey Protein Powder

 

Up to 98 percent of hemp protein powder can be absorbed into the body. This is A LOT. Compare that to whey protein powder - the human body can only absorb around 30 percent of the protein it contains. You’ll notice this difference in feeling bloated after your whey protein shake. That’s because it’s sitting in your gut long after you had it - whereas the hemp protein shake has already been fully absorbed.

Hemp protein powder contains the three branched chain amino acids (BCAA’s), which are amazing at both building and repairing muscle. This means you’ll recover faster from workouts, and notice those gains quicker. Whey protein does not have all three BCAA’s.

Whey protein powders are some of the most mass-produced on the market. They’re also commonly some of the worst tasting you’ll find. If they’re cheap, they usually have no added flavouring and they taste awful, and if they're expensive then they’ve probably been through an exhaustive artificial flavouring process which adds all sorts of sugars. Hemp protein powder is fully natural, with a rich, nutty flavour that complements all your common (and uncommon) smoothie ingredients.

 

Hemp Protein Powder v Pea Protein Powder

 

Pea protein powder, like whey, is slower to digest than hemp protein powder. That means it also sits in your gut much longer, and can also make you feel bloated and nauseous. Because hemp protein powder is much faster to digest, you’re able to be active again much sooner after taking it.

 

Hemp Protein Powder v Soy Protein Powder

 

Hemp protein powder typically has a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3. Most Western diets have around a 16:1 ratio, which raises the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and some cancers, among other things. Soy protein powder has a ratio of around 8:1, which is not so bad, but not as good as hemp protein. 

The average hemp protein powder contains around 50 percent protein. Ritual & Rise protein powder is 58 percent. That’s less protein per serve than pea or soy protein powders, which can contain up to 90 percent protein. However, because hemp protein is so much easier to digest than other protein powders, this means that you’ll actually absorb more protein per serving of hemp protein powder than higher percentage protein powders like soy. 

 

The Verdict

 

Hemp provides the best protein powder on balance of a range of factors, including for muscle growth, fat burning and overall health. 

On top of all that, hemp protein powder is more environmentally friendly than all the other alternatives. It requires very little watering, cultivation doesn’t damage the ecosystem and the part of the plant that isn’t used to make protein powder can go towards its many industrial and other uses such as skincare products, clothing, food, bioplastics, textiles and many more.

When choosing your hemp protein powder, look for one that’s raw and minimally processed. That means it’s a natural source of protein that can be easily digested, and has fewer additives. Ritual & Rise hemp hearts are cold pressed to extract oil which creates a ‘protein cake’ that is finely milled to provide the very best quality plant-based protein powder that provides maximum benefit to you.


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