Consumer interest in plant-based protein is on the rise. In the U.S., 39% of consumers say they’re trying to eat more plant-based foods, according to IFT.1 And the leading reason why they’re choosing plant-based protein (per another survey conducted by the International Food and Information Council) is because consumers are curious and want to try new foods.2
In turn, food manufacturers are looking to include plant-based protein in their food formulations. If you’re interested in adding a plant protein to your food product, there are a growing number of choices on the market: pea, almond, soy, mushroom, hemp, and chickpea proteins. Here, we look at chickpea protein and compare it to hemp protein, including our newest hemp protein, V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein.
An Improved Hemp Protein
Victory Hemp’s new hemp protein—called V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein—is not like your traditional green hemp protein powders, which are green and have a grassy flavor. V-70™ is white-ish in color and neutral-tasting, which means it won’t impact the color of a food product, and also there’s no need for flavor-masking agents. The one-two punch of neutral color and flavor allows V-70™ to be used seamlessly in a wider array of product applications, such as meat and dairy analogues and sports drinks, where traditional green hemp protein is not ideal.
These superior qualities are because we make V-70™ from hemp hearts. Traditional hemp protein powders are made from the press cake. The press cake is what remains after the whole hemp seed is pressed for hemp oil. This is how our Hemp Protein 50 is made.
What Is Chickpea Protein?
Chickpea protein varies in taste from a little nutty and savory to notably beany. It’s beige in color, which is darker than our hemp heart protein. Chickpea protein isn’t as common as soy or pea proteins, but the largest drawback to chickpea protein is its beany taste. For most consumers, that might mean a flavor masking ingredient would be required to tone down the overt chickpea flavor.
Chickpea Protein vs. Victory Hemp's V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein
Nutrition Facts: How Do Hemp Heart and Chickpea Protein Compare?
Nutritionally, there are two key nutrients that differentiate these two plant proteins from one another—protein and carbs. In a standard 100-gram serving of V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein, there’s nearly 1½ times more protein and over 4 times fewer carbohydrates compared to a 100-gram serving of chickpea protein. For formulators, this could allow the final food product to be higher in protein and lower in carbs than a comparable product that uses chickpea protein. Here we look at the numbers of both:
In a 100-gram Serving of Victory Hemp V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein, There Are:
- Calories: 350
- Protein: 73g
- Fat: 4g
- Carbohydrate: 6g
In the Same-sized Serving of Chickpea Protein Powder, There Are:
- Calories: 360
- Protein: 53g
- Fat: 1g
- Carbohydrate: 28g
Both hemp heart protein and chickpea protein deliver iron and potassium, though you do get more in V-70™. Both also contain all 9 of the essential amino acids (called the “building blocks of protein”) and are free from the top 8 allergens.
Sustainability: How Do Hemp and Chickpea Protein Compare?
Turns out, chickpea and hemp proteins are both eco-friendly. Both are good row crops, have low carbon footprints, and are not genetically modified. Like hemp, chickpeas have a deep root system that allows them to survive, even potentially thrive, in drier conditions because they can tap into water deep in the soil.3 Both also have the ability to pull CO2 out of the atmosphere and store it in the soil, thus lowering greenhouse gases, and also remediating unhealthy soil.
Another benefit hemp offers the environment and our health is how we process it: at Victory Hemp, we don’t use hexane or harsh chemical additives to extract the protein from hemp hearts.
The Bottom Line on Hemp Seed-based Protein and Chickpea Protein
Interest in hemp protein is growing, as are its potential applications. Compared to chickpea protein, hemp heart protein boasts much more protein and significantly fewer carbs. Our new neutral-tasting, light-colored V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein also has an edge in regards to color and flavor.
Looking for a great tasting, high protein ingredient for your next project? Contact our sales team to discuss your project in detail and request a sample!