By Marilyn, on April 10th, 2013
My post today is hemp protein vs whey protein, but first I need to get this off my chest. In a weekly circular from our city’s newspaper, in the grocery ads was an insert from Walmart. This insert is Walmart’s attempt at decency. They have sent this flyer out –“fighting hunger together” with themselves and the Walmart Foundation. They claim they have a $2 billion commitment from 2010 through 2015 in cash and in-kind food donations. They claim that “ in food alone, that’s the equivalent of feeding every person in the United States for lunch and dinner.” Wow, a lunch and dinner. All the foods that they had in their flyer were processed, non nutritious —nothing fresh and all the companies that have GMO’s in their food—ConAgra, General Mills, Kelloggs, Kraft foods, Unilever. So, I think that many of their employees are in need of the help that their employer is handing out, because they do not pay their employee’s enough. One interview I heard on the radio, several of their employees get food stamps and visit the local food bank. My thought is that Walmart is trying to get decency points.
Hemp protein vs Whey protein
No, I am not a body builder. At one time we were on a diet that had the dieter drink 2 whey protein shakes and one meal, the first two weeks of the diet. I was on a web site that was having a sale on hemp protein and I realized that I wanted to try it. Yes, I need to lose some weight and thought that maybe I could use the hemp protein. My thought process was, what is the difference between the two? I did not realize that there is quite a battle between the two depending on the website’s bias. Livestrong gave an unbiased article, but the other websites I visited were very biased one against the other.
The most common protein powders are whey, hemp and soy. Each has different qualities and nutritional characteristics. I did not find hardly anything on soy so will not include it.
Hemp Protein Powder is derived from cold pressing hemp seeds. This powder contains complete proteins that help the immune system, aid in enzymatic reactions, are a source of energy, regulate hormone pathways, and repair muscle tissue. In a 2 tablespoon measure of hemp protein powder, it contains about 50 calories, 1.5 g fat which is Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, 6 g protein containing both essential and non-essential amino acids that are easily absorbed, iron, calcium and 4 g carbohydrates. This is a plant based protein that are protective against heart disease and inflammation.
Whey Protein Powder is derived from cow’s milk. It contains 2 proteins, casein and whey, plus lactose, milk fat and water. Similar to hemp, whey helps repair muscle tissue, provides energy and aids in hormone regulation and enzymatic reactions. The nutrition profile of 2 tablespoons of whey protein powder has 120 calories, 1 g fat is animal source, 4 g carbohydrates is mostly lactose in nature and the 20 g of protein is a combination of essential and non essential amino acids. It also has iron and calcium.
To make a decision if you feel you must, the consideration of allergies or intolerences might be an influence. If you are lactose intolerant or if you experience digestive disturbances or bloat do not use whey. The majority of soy in the United States is genetically modified so it will not be even considered.
Also, you might need to consider if there are added ingredients to make the protein palpable. Much of the whey protein powders have a lot of added artificial ingredients and sweeteners. Whey protein is rapidly digested according to a pro-hemp website and hemp is slow digesting.
I will not say which is better. If you need more to help in your decision, I would ask that you research for yourself. At this point in my life, I would probably go with hemp if it does not have the artificial ingredients and sweeteners (I did not find any references to hemp protein powders having these).