[quote]Dr. Stig wrote:
Hemp seeds are not only a complete protein (all essential amino acids, and some others to boot), but also complete in fats (3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3). This makes it BETTER THAN WHEY, nutritionally speaking. That is, it would make a better MRP.
Note that it’s likely not as bioavailable, but that’s really just a matter of eating more than you would of whey. And as Cthulhu mentioned, it’s the best bet for those who don’t want to eat factory farm dairy, or vegans.
I’m going more with what Phil said, at least on the protein side. Hemp protein might contain the essential amino acids, but its all about the amounts and the profile.
As it happens the BV (if we use a more comparable term than the other scores) of Hemp is under 70. So its lower than mixing rice and beans for instance, below Soy, way below milk and below any meat you might stumble upon.
When you get beyond the BV and go to the digestibility factors and actual value(more like pdcaa), you’ll find Hemp is pretty much low verging on pretty useless as a protein source for the simple reason its high in cellulose and has a distinct fibrous coating to the plant proteins. This lower’s the digestibility drastically.
The actual value of Hemp in real terms is well below Rice and Potato protein when ingested.
So as the man said, its hype (protein wise).
Dr. Stig is right on here. Hemp does have all the essential aminos, but unlike whey, it contains very low amounts of the BCAAs (which whey is very high in). Not only that, it is extremely low in tryptophan and cysteine making it a borderline complete protein at best. You really need to mix it with something to be complete.
And then as Dr. Stig mentioned, there is the digestibility factor. Hemp protein is surrounded by undigestable cellulose. I’m sure a powdered protein version is much more usable than the plant itself, but add all this together and it’s probably worse than combining two incomplete sources. And that’s no way to feed your body for muscle growth and/or body composition chnages. For that you need the highest quality proteins.