Hemp Protein vs. Whey Protein Powder

How does Hemp Protein holds up against the numerous whey protein powder supplements on the market today? We’re told whey is time-tested, approved, it works, so why move to anything else? If you’re getting results with one kind of protein, why make the move to hemp and run the risk of diminishing your workout results? There are lots of reasons to consider hemp protein as an alternative to whey protein.

In fact, I would like to argue that moving to hemp protein is one of the best things you can do for your overall health if you’re currently taking whey protein supplements.

Summary:
Whey protein is an affordable, abundant protein source sold in giant colorful tubs in every health food store, featuring serious-looking muscle bound men and women or featuring some flashy “science” art.  Whey has been touted as the best protein source for athletes, bodybuilders, and there is definitely no shortage of brands, flavors, types, and claims on these food supplements.

However, whey protein is by far not the most efficient and effective protein source.  In fact, more recent studies have shown that consuming large amounts of whey protein (which is recommended during training) is not readily digestible by the human body and can create bloating and increase your waistline.  The more you consume, the more it will build up.  You’ll find that most people you talk to have differing opinions about Whey.

Also, many whey protein supplements are loaded with artificial flavors and sweeteners to cover up the natural taste, adding more unnatural chemicals to your body in bulk quantities.

With any training regimen, more is not always the best – in fact, more efficient proteins and proteins with the right amount of amino acids and essential fatty acids is going to get you much further without the bloating and artificial sweeteners that most Whey protein sources are going to give you.

Look, our bodies are designed over 200,000 years to digest whole NATURAL foods from the Earth – and not the synthetic, processed, or artificial proteins and flavors designed in labs.  Since protein supplements are considered a “food” they are not managed by the FDA and therefore can make any claims they want about the benefits of using their products.  Any “science” is applied a measure and then used to market them, even if the claims are weak at best for overall health.

Shouldn’t you treat your body with adequate supply of soluble, digestable protein from whole foods like all natural hemp?  Your body deserves nothing less.


Hemp Protein Powder

Pros:

  • You’ll need less: Since there are no fillers and additives and it provides the 8 essential amino acids and fatty acids, you’ll need much less hemp protein than whey protein for equal benefit.
  • It’s more soluble: Hemp protein won’t sludge your system, bloat you, or make you feel uncomfortable. Your body can immediately recognize and digest natural, whole hemp protein.
  • Fiber Content: Hemp protein contains fiber, and some supplements (such as Manitoba Harvest and Nutiva) have hemp protein powders with even more natural fiber to aid in digestion. Natural hemp also has friendly bacteria that aid in digestion – decreasing bloating to keep you looking lean. Each serving of hemp protein gives you 1/3 your daily value of fiber.
  • It’s organic whole food, non-GMO with complete proteins: You’re digesting the same nutrition that the human body has recognized for those 200,000 years, all the way back down the food chain.
  • Bad Breath: You’ll have less bad breath that many of the whey counterparts give you, either due to their Dairy content or the artificial additives that give you nasty burps or smelly breath while you’re working out, or even through the night.
  • Plant-Based Protein: Hemp seed protein has natural plant chlorophyll and alkalizes to maintain Ph balance in your body. It’s also loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Cons:

  • Taste: If you’re used to sweetened protein powders, you may find the nutty plant
    flavor of organic hempseed protein a bit of a shock. Nutiva makes natural flavored hemp shapes now that make the taste better, and you can also make your own hemp shake recipes.
  • Cost: It is more expensive than its whey counterparts. Whey protein is clearly much cheaper.
  • Shelf Life: As soon as you open it, dig in. Since its straight organic protein, you’ll want to take it down before the product goes stale and diminishes its health benefits.

Whey Protein Powder

Pros:

  • It’s cheap: Whey protein is a cheap option and the market is highly competitive, so there’s no shortage of inexpensive whey.
  • It’s widely available: walk into any health food store and you’ll find tub after tub of options in Whey protein. Which ones are the best? If you can find them, the ones that contain as whole protein as possible and no artificial flavorings or sweeteners.
  • Heavily Researched: Without entirely dogging Whey protein, there is a lot of research to back up the benefits of Whey protein that work. So, do your research before purchasing any Whey supplements.

Cons:

  • Heavily processsed: Most whey protein products you’ll find are heavily processed proteins to make them cheaper, more attractive, longer shelf life, and taste better.
  • Less Absorption: Whey proteins will generally have less absorption than hemp protein.
  • Bloating: For many people, ingesting bulk quantities of whey protein can cause bloating, gas, and loss of appetite.
  • You’ll take more: There’s a reason why Whey Protein is sold in giant tubs – often, you’re taking in huge scoops daily. Keep in mind that taking “More” is not always better if its not absoring as quickly.

In conclusion, for weightlifters:

If you’re currently taking Whey protein for bodybuilding, I challenge you to try hemp protein. If you’ve pleateaued and you’ve already changed up your workout and remain on the same diet, I highly recommend seeing if Hemp Protein powder is the answer you need to continue seeing results.

I would recommend the hemp protein by Manitoba Harvest for bodybuilding, since it contains the MOST Omega 3′s and Omega 6′s along with a full 15g of soluble plant protein every serving. See our Hemp Protein Powder Comparison for a full comparison and best prices on Hemp Protein.

25 Responsesto “Hemp Protein vs. Whey Protein Powder”

  1. Edward says:

    Some types of Whey protein are better than others.

    For example, if you go to the True Protein website you can create your own custome Whey (and even Hemp) mix, and choose unflavored, no sweetners, no additives, and you can choose the Whey Protein Isolate (CFM) Cross-Flow Microfiltration ($10.49 per pound), which has 0g fat, 0g Cholesterol, 0g Carbs, and 27 grams of protein per 30 gram scoop.

    Cheaper Whey protein products have more fat, less protein, and they have artifical sweetners and additives.

    In creating your own custom Whey mix at True Protein (I am not associated with them by the way, but I am a customer) you can choose healthy additives such as electrolytes, protease enzyme complex, and vitamin and mineral mix all to be added to your mix.

    You can also create your own custom Hemp mix at True Protein either unflavored, no sweetners or additives etc. Hemp powder, by the way, is about 15 grams of protein per 30 gram scoop, and about 6 grams fat, and 5 grams carbs, 1g sugar….

  2. Codename says:

    Hi there,
    thanks for the info! I just bought a big tub of whey protein and it gave me so much terrible gas and discomfort I thought my god I can’t eat this stuff. I’m not even lactose intolerant I just eat really really healthy whole foods all the time that was a bit of a shock to my system. I was told I need more protein etc. so I am definitely going to try Hemp!! It makes so much sense :)

  3. Hemp Protein says:

    I would definitely recommend trying hemp and see how it works out. I’ve had similar issues with digesting Whey. Whey also seems to make me feel bloated. My workouts are purely calisthenic, so feeling bloated and heavy doesn’t work for my diet and lifestyle. Hemp makes far more sense.

    Be sure to check out the recipes for good tasting ways to prepare Hemp protein. :)

  4. Riz says:

    I grew up with the big tubs of whey protein and even worked at GNC for awhile. I also took the attitude that it’s been scientifically proven. It is true that we need additional protein, especially when working out, but I have found my greatest experience to be with hemp protein. Everything that is mentioned above is true, complete protein, fiber, digestible, no artificial sweeteners and many other benefits. It took me awhile to work up the nerve to check out this green concoction, but I’ll never go back to whey.

  5. John says:

    Am I going to get high of hemp?

  6. David says:

    Just switched to hemp from whey and the biggest effect was on my mood. I was always irritable and tense with whey, but with hemp, my breathing is slower and more comfortable (post workout) and I feel more relaxed and content. I also feel bigger and have better drive than before.

  7. Hemp Protein says:

    Nope.

  8. Danny From Howard Beach NY Queens says:

    I have read all the great reports on Hemp protein and have decided to check it out myself. I figure i’ll give it a try. I haven’t had a protein synthetic shake in over 10 years due to the fact that the body doesn’t digest it correctly and quite frankly views it highly foreign. I have read so many un biased reports on this product that hey why the hell not. i’ll keep you a breast on how it is going. One more thing, I have also read that all these Hemp products will not give you the high feeling some one has asked about due to the item not containing the agent “THC”..that’s the chemical some of us have experienced giving the body that up in the clouds feeling.

  9. Brian says:

    Links to the mentioned studies that say hemp is more digestible?

  10. TOM says:

    Guys Having been in the sports nutrition business for 15 years I can vouch 100% for Whey protein. I have also recently started taking Hemp protein which I have grown to love.

    My advice to you is to focus on your own game and your own strengths, you don’t need to mud sling or swipe. Hemp is a good product, but ‘both’ have their merits.

    It’s like trying to sell bananas over rotten mangos.

    Nothing positive comes from negativity.

  11. Jay says:

    I thought hemp was marijuana?? I’m a young teenager in sports and I’m looking to gain weight fast but constantly. Would hemp protein help with that?

  12. knossis says:

    I was using hemp but decided to try whey so I brought a whey protein isolate and man did it make me constipated. I drank lots of water and what not but nothing would work. I even reduced the amount from 25 grams daily to 12.5 grams but still no luck. I switched back to hemp protein.

  13. patrick says:

    ive been using hemp protein for a while now and its better than anything ive used for weight training, for me the best aspect is that it is natural, and u really see and feel the difference, in compared to using whey protein which contains way too much artificial crap, always read the ingredients on the back of any protein product to see what it contains then Google some of the names of the ingredients, and as i found out quite a few aren’t even meant for human consumption, so ill be sticking with my hemp protein forever

  14. Jake Allman says:

    Quit whey a month ago and a good inch off my waistline in the meantime. Hemp is working well and don’t have the terrible gas I used to. And hemp is the male version of the plant and contains very little thc. Cannabis is the female version and thats what gets you high. Don’t worry. U won’t test positive by taking hemp protein.

  15. hoz says:

    i agree, the health benefits of hemp are proven. google “the china diet” and you will never eat whey again. Problem with hemp is the taste. man its nasty and gritty.

  16. roughneck421 says:

    I am well aware of many of the properties of hemp. I understand hemp is essentially non-THC containing marijuana. I will gladly use hemp protein, but I have to be 100% certain that it will not show false-positive on drug screen. My job performs random drug screens & I cannot take any chances.

    With that said, I know drug screens test for THC, & hemp contains no THC, but my question is:

    “Is there any chance of failing a drug screen due to using hemp protein?”

  17. Billy says:

    Hemp is also good for inflamation problems, in that it doesn’t cause it.

    Brendan Frazier from Sequel Foods swears by it. He has alot of info on it.

    & to all you dummies that think you can get “HIGH”, there is no THC in the product. It is as natural as Mother Earth intended it to be.

    PS Less lactic acid build-up too.

    Try it for yourself & see.

  18. Joseph Barington says:

    It’s not necessarily the same species of cannabis as the three main species used to get high(Incida, Sativa and Ruderalis), although low THC varieties of Sativa are grown commercially. There are at least four hundred varieties used for commercial hemp production and they are generally tested on a regular basis for THC content. Many hemp seed producers certify their seed as 100% THC free, but there are sometimes extremely small trace amounts on un-certified seed. The seed itself contains no THC, even in the high THC varieties that are commonly smoked, but the flower heads in which the seed forms produces THC, so extremely minute trace amounts can sometimes be found on the outside of the hulls. It’s not enough to get you high no matter how you try to extract it and if swallowed THC is harmlessly broken down by or simply passes through the digestive system and does not enter the blood stream(unless bonded to fats or oils through prolonged cooking or chemically modified with solvents). So it will not show a false positive on a drug test and DEFINITELY can not get you high. But if you’re concerned you can check with the manufacturer of the particular brand you want to buy to be sure that it is certified free of trace amounts of THC(almost all commercially available hemp seed is, except for some dodgy Chinese stuff).

    If you’re routinely tested at work, buy a certified THC free brand. You should be more paranoid about regular commercially available poppy seeds used in cakes and breads and whatnot, as they often show false “probable positive” results when consumed in large amounts and are much more likely to mess up a drug screening than any hemp product.

  19. Joseph Barington says:

    Contrary to an earlier commenters statement “cannabis” is the genus name, like the first “Sapiens” in “homo-Sapiens-Sapiens”, not a term used solely for females, it refers to all of the many many species in the genus, “Hemp” is a common term used for the products made from the plant and for low THC varieties of cannabis. Male plants are generally preferred by hemp growers as they produce superior fibers and have lower THC levels, but for seed production females are often used, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they contain THC.

  20. rob says:

    I only consume protein powders of an intesive workout. Lately Ive been experimenting wioth a 50/50 blend of whey/hemp.

    The whey I use is from grass fed cows with no fillers and all that crap and ive never felt bloated or gassy after talking it, even away from hemp

  21. Skepticaljw says:

    If you plant the seeds will they grow a plant, with signifcant amounts of THC?

  22. Aaron says:

    Hemp has traces of thc in low parts per billion. You would have to eat pounds per day for it to show up on a drug test. Best protein option is The Ultimate Meal with hemp protein added.

  23. john s. says:

    will i get bigger if i take this after hard workouts? will i see gains?

  24. Carlos says:

    John S. the only way to get bigger is to increase the total amount of calorie intake. Hemp will provide you the best protein, the quickest, pre/post workout, even during workout. What is best about it, however, is the fiber and fatty acids in combination with the protein. Due to their beneficial effects on the digestive tract and various organs. Often times people forget about these things and see pauses in gains. In sum, ONLY increaseing calories causes direct gains. Hemp ensures the utmost efficiency of the human body so as to achieve gains.

  25. Carlos says:

    *the quickest = most easily digested and absorbed protein by the human body

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