How Do Hemp and Pea Protein Compare?

      An innovative new hemp seed-based protein ingredient solves issues associated with pea protein ingredients.

      Protein is a hot ingredient. It’s a nutrient Americans seek out, even though most of us don’t fall short on it. Combine that general protein affinity with an increased interest in vegetarian diets and environmental sustainability and that could explain why we’ve seen an uptick in plant-based protein powders—like hemp, soy, and pea proteins—in food products, as well as a single ingredient to add to smoothies and the like at home.

      What Is Hemp Protein? 

      Traditional hemp protein powders are green-ish in color and have an earthy, grassy flavor profile. They’re made from the hemp cake (what remains after the whole hemp seed is pressed for hemp oil). This is how our Hemp Protein 50 is made. Also, because of how this protein powder is made (and other classic hemp protein powders), there’s more fiber in it, as well as fewer calories and fewer grams of protein compared to hemp heart protein or pea protein.

      An Innovative New Hemp Protein

      Our newest hemp protein—called V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein—is packed with far more protein than your traditional green hemp protein powder. It’s also nearly white in color and neutral in taste. That’s because it’s made from hemp hearts. As a result, our unique V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein doesn’t need to be masked with added flavors, which means that formulators can keep their ingredient lists to a minimum.  This also allows food technologists to use V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein in a wide variety of applications, such as meat and dairy analogues, nutrition bars, sports drinks, and more. This protein powder is also minimally processed -- it's Non-GMO Project verified and is made without the use of harsh chemical solvents, such as of hexane, or other harsh chemical additives. 

      Nutrition Facts: What’s in Hemp Heart Protein? 

      In about a 1/4 cup serving of Victory Hemp’s new V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein, there are:  

        •     Calories: 99
        •     Protein: 20g
        •     Fat: 3g ←  more healthy fat, and rich in omega-3s!
        •     Saturated Fat: 0g
        •     Carbohydrate: 2g 
        •     Sugars: 0g
        •     Fiber: 1g   
        •     Sodium: 0mg ←  less sodium! 

      You also get about 30 percent of your daily iron from V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein, plus almost 10 percent of your daily potassium goal. Hemp protein is a complete protein, meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids, and is free from the top 8 allergens, too.

      What Is Pea Protein? 

      Pea protein (sometimes also called pea protein isolate or pea protein concentrate) is a popular plant protein. It’s made from raw peas—but it’s typically made with a chemical solvent. Like hemp protein, pea protein also delivers all of the essential amino acids that our bodies need (aka the building blocks of protein that our body can’t make, the latter being what makes them essential).  

      Pea protein has a distinct “beany,” earthy taste that borders on bitter. Its strong flavor often requires food manufacturers to use masking agents and expensive flavorings in a food product to make the pea protein more palatable and less overt to consumers. 

      Nutrition Facts: What’s in Pea Protein? 

      In a 1/4-cup serving (27 grams), there are:  

        •     Calories: 100
        •     Protein: 21g
        •     Fat: 1.5g
        •     Saturated Fat: 0g
        •     Carbohydrate: 2g
        •     Sugars: 0g
        •     Fiber: 1g 
        •     Sodium: 260mg 

      You also get about the same amount of iron in pea protein as you do in hemp heart protein.

      The Bottom Line

      There’s a growing interest in hemp protein—for its nutrition and sustainability. And our new, innovative V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein has an additional leg up (compared to traditional hemp protein, as well as other plant protein powders like pea protein): its neutral flavor and pale color make it easy to formulate with, yet it still delivers a powerhouse of nutrients.

      Full Article by Aleah Rouse
      September 14, 2020