What is the Best Plant-Based Protein?

Hemp, a plant-based proteinNot all protein is equal. Proteins from animal foods, such as eggs, milks and cheeses, have a typically higher digestibility than most plant-based proteins. When a protein is described as easy to digest, it means that the body is able to absorb most of the protein while losing only a little to waste. Hemp is plant-based protein that is considered to be easily-digestible. Therefore, most of the protein that hemp seeds contain is absorbed by the body once they’re consumed. This is particularly great news for vegetarians and vegans, who must get their protein from non-animal foods.

When your body digests protein, it starts by breaking it down into useable amino acids. There are a total of 20 amino acids that your body requires and it’s able to synthesize 11 of them on its own. The other nine amino acids, however, have to be consumed from the diet. Most plant-based proteins are considered incomplete proteins because they are missing or contain low amounts of some essential amino acids. Hemp, however, is a source of all 20 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids, and is thus considered a complete protein.

Edestin, a globulin protein, makes up more than half of hemp protein. Although edestin is a type of plant protein, it resembles the protein found in the human body. This contributes to hemp protein’s digestibility. About one-third of hemp protein is another top quality protein called albumin, which is also found in egg whites.

The protein consumed contributes to the development, repair and maintenance of every cell in the body. It’s responsible for building your bones, muscles, cartilage, blood, hair, nails and skin. Even your hormones and enzymes are made from protein. Getting enough protein everyday is essential for maintaining health. Protein can be obtained from animal products like red meat and poultry, but these foods can also be high in saturated fat, which can increase the risk of heart disease. Hemp, however, contains healthy, polyunsaturated fats and is high in fiber, which contributes to heart health. We recommend you do your own research on hemp’s natural benefits and other plant-based proteins!

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