Plant-based protein powders are rapidly growing in popularity. This is true among both athletes and people who just want to consume a healthier, more well-balanced diet. One segment of plant-based proteins that is gaining a lot of traction is organic protein powders. Within this segment, organic pea protein powder and organic hemp protein powder are the two fastest risers.
Here were going to take a look at the benefits of organic pea protein and organic hemp protein. Then we’ll help you identify which one you should be using.
What is Organic Protein Powder?
Before we get started, let’s make sure we’re on the same page when it comes to organic protein powders. There are several different types of certifications that can be put on products. We covered them all in this post a while back. But the short version is that organic protein powders can range from 70 to 100% organic. Products that are the most organic – 95% or more – can be certified as organic by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The remaining 5% (or less) of these products must be non-GMO and on the list of approved non-organic ingredients that the USDA maintains.
So, products that are USDA organic can be 95% organic or more. While products that are simply marked ‘organic’ or ‘made with organic ingredients’ can range from between 70 and 95% organic.
The majority of products that are USDA certified organic are isolates – or one ingredient products. All of our USDA certified organic products – like our organic hemp protein powder and organic pea protein powder – are isolates. Meaning, they don’t contain any additives or other ingredients.
The Similarities of Organic Pea Protein Powder and Organic Hemp Protein Powder
Allergens are one of the main reasons that people switch from animal-based protein powders like whey to plant-based protein powders like pea or hemp. It’s estimated that around 65% of people will experience adverse effects of regular whey consumption – such as bloating, fatigue or digestive issues. Plant-based proteins like organic pea protein powder and organic hemp protein powder are allergen free and easy to digest.
Additionally, both organic pea protein powder and organic hemp protein powder contain all nine essential amino acids. The essential amino acids are the amino acids that the human body is unable produce on its own. Thus, these amino acids must be obtained through consuming a proper, balanced diet or supplementation. Granted, each plant-based protein powder has a different amino acid profile with varying amounts of amino acids. When it comes to plant-based proteins, one key is to consume a variety.
Both organic pea protein powder and organic hemp protein powder are great for the environment. In general, plant-protein powders are create a more sustainable planet. It requires significantly less land and water resources to grow plants as opposed to raising animals for food. Plants also promote clean air, water and nutrient-rich soil.
The Main Benefit of Organic Pea Protein Powder
The main advantage that organic pea protein powder has over other plant-based protein powders is that it contains a very high protein content. The protein content in organic pea protein powder is 80% per serving. Organic hemp protein powder contains only 50% protein per serving.
So, what does this mean? In short, it means that organic pea protein powder is great for building muscle and promoting weight loss. Protein is vital when it comes to building muscle and losing weight.
Every human’s diet consists of three macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fats. Macronutrients are the nutrients that we consume in large portions each day. Each macronutrient plays a very important role within the body – and when it comes to building muscle and losing weight.
Protein is essentially the building block on which all muscle mass is built. Without it, your body would be unable to build or maintain muscle mass. When dieting to build muscle, protein should make up 25 to 35% of your calorie intake. Carbohydrates should make up approximately 40 to 60% of your calorie intake and fats should make up around 15 to 25% of your daily calorie intake.
When dieting to lose weight, you must adjust your diet in order to promote weight loss. A diet that promotes weight loss actually calls for a higher protein consumption than a diet that is designed for muscle building. When dieting to lose weight, you should increase your protein intake to 40 to 50% of your daily calories while decreasing your carbohydrates intake to 10 to 30% of your calorie intake. Your fat intake should increase to between 30 and 40% of your daily calories.
Since protein is vital to muscle building and losing weight – it makes sense that the protein powder with the highest protein content is the ideal choice! If your goal is to build muscle or lose weight, you need organic pea protein powder.
The Main Benefit of Organic Hemp Protein Powder
Organic hemp protein powder obviously contains a solid dose of protein. With around 7 grams of protein per serving and a protein content of 50% per serving. So, it’s not a bad option by any means for muscle building or weight loss. In fact, as we mentioned above, we recommend consuming a wide variety of plant-based proteins in order to benefit the most from their individual nutritional profiles and to promote a well-balanced diet.
However, the main benefits of organic hemp protein powder are that it contains a very high amount of fiber and is the most easily digestible protein option. The digestibility of hemp protein is rated at 90% and it’s gentle on the digestive system. Many of the people who struggle with digesting proteins that include additives – like whey protein – turn to hemp protein as an alternative due to it’s digestibility.
Overall, organic hemp protein powder is the ideal choice for overall general health. We often refer to it as our ‘jack-of-all-trades’ protein powder. Hemp protein is high in omega 3 and omega six. These essential fatty acids help the body create energy. They also help to boost the immune system while promoting good cholesterol and fighting bad cholesterol.
Hemp protein is also loaded with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. And, while it doesn’t contain the highest amount of protein, it makes up for it with a wide variety of nutrients that the human body needs. Our organic hemp protein powder is most commonly purchased by people seeking to improve their overall health, improve their current protein intake by mixing plant-based proteins, or who suffer from an intolerance to whey protein or other animal-based proteins. We also recommend it to anyone looking to bake high-protein recipes that call for peanut butter and/or chocolate – due to its delicious nutty flavor.
Organic Pea Protein Powder vs Organic Hemp Protein Powder
As you can see, there really isn’t much of a comparison between organic pea protein powder and organic hemp protein powder. Like most plant-based protein powders, these two are perfect complements to each other – but not competitors.
We recommend choosing the right protein based on the health or fitness goal that you’re working to achieve. But remember, ideally your plant-based consumption will include a variety of plant-based proteins which round out a great nutritional package of various vitamins and minerals that will allow your body to thrive.