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People who use a high-protein diet for weight loss typically aim to get 25–30% of their daily calories from protein; in other words, a 1,500–1,800 calorie per day diet would include 95–135 grams of protein. Most people who use hemp protein to reach this goal use one or two 30-gram servings, with each serving providing about 15 grams of protein, but there is no standard established intake.
Many people experience digestive upset after taking protein supplements. Hemp protein appears to break down more easily than some other types of protein,1 but whether this translates into fewer digestive side effects is unknown. Typical hemp protein supplements are relatively high in fiber,2 which may add health benefits but can also cause digestive symptoms in some people.
Some people are concerned that taking hemp protein regularly could cause urine drug tests to be positive due to the presence of low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound in marijuana. One study showed that people given the same amount of THC as would be found in 300 grams of shelled hemp seeds per day for 10 days did not have high enough urine THC levels to cause a positive drug test result.3 Since THC is found in the oil of the hemp seed, hemp protein supplements have even lower amounts than shelled hemp seeds and should not cause positive drug test results.
Although rare, allergies to hemp seeds have been reported.4
Last Review: 06-05-2015
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