Hemp seed provides a good source of plant-based protein. Hemp protein powder is easier on digestion than protein derived from peas or other legumes.
Unlike pea or soy protein powders, hemp protein doesn’t contain chemical inhibitors of trypsin which is the key enzyme that breaks apart dietary proteins. Hemp protein chains are easier to break apart because the enzyme trypsin can work freely on the peptide bonds that hold the amino acid chains together. Legume based protein powders often cause gas which is caused in part by the inhibition of trypsin leading to incomplete protein breakdown.
The dietary fat in hemp seed is 80% polyunsaturated. The remaining fat content is 11% monounsaturated fats, 9% saturated fats, and zero trans fats.
The polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in hemp seed are components of healthy cell membranes. These essential fatty acids (EFAs) are also involved in regulating blood pressure and the inflammatory response.
Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Stearidonic Acid (SDA) are metabolites of the healthy omega-6 and omega-3 EFAs in hemp seed. GLA and SDA are important for reducing inflammation and regulating auto-immune function.
Hemp seed contains healthy amounts of insoluble fiber which cleans the intestinal tract and feeds beneficial bacteria. Dietary fiber also contributes to feeling full and thereby helps with appetite control.