299 of 313 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2009
Have never been a big meat-eater, but cut back even more a few months ago. I began supplementing my diet with more beans/legumes, but was not feeling nutritionally satisfied, and realized I was not getting enough protein. Did a little research, and discovered that hemp was ideal for meeting protein requirements, and according several articles I read, it has many other nutritional and health benefits as well. I purchased the Nutiva hemp protein powder in conjunction with the Better Than Milk "Rice" (to avoid over use of soy). According to directions for both products, I mix 4 tablespoons hemp protein and 2 tablespoons of BTM, in water. It mixes easily in a regular plastic shaker, and I don't even have to use the "de-clumping" attachment that fits inside the shaker. It's just Shake-N-Go! This combination has been the perfect way to start my day. I was concerned about the taste, as some reviews I have read rated the taste of hemp very low. I can't speak for other brands, but the finely ground Nutiva hemp powder has a mild nutty flavor, and I LOVE IT. From what I've read, hemp does not contain oligosaccharides (which commonly causes "gastric distress" with soy proteins), and I have not experienced any bloating with the hemp and rice milk combo. I am happy to start my day with something both nutritious and delicious, and thank goodness I don't have to use the electric blender (one less thing to wash). Also, the Amazon price on the Nutiva Hemp Protein and the Better Than Milk Rice can't be beat, and both qualify for free shipping. FANTASTIC!!!
290 of 327 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2008
SOME PEOPLE SEEM TO GET HEMP POWDER AND HEMP SEEDS MIXED UP. THEY ARE BOTH GREAT PRODUCTS, PUT THE POWDER IS WHAT YOU WANT FOR SMOOTHIES AND SUCH. THE HEMP SEEDS ARE FOR SPRINKLING ON SALADS AND SUCH!!!! This is a great product, have used every day for last 3 years. Since it is raw and in it's natural state, you body has to do "no work" to process and digest it, thus that energy is used to do other things (like staw awake at work). Yes the amount of protein is 11 grams per serving, but since it is raw and in its natural state, the body will assimilate more of it that many protein sources with 2 or 3 times as much protein. The more nutrition in any food, the less your body needs to be happy. I do about 20 grams per serving since I'm near 200 pounds. But forget about the concept of grams of protein per serving, think more in terms of how much of a protein your body can process and assimilate from the protein source. I have proved this theory by eating a chicken breast one day, and drinking a hump smoothie at the same time another day and noticing that after the chicken I get hungrier faster, which implies the chicken has less nutrients in it. 50 grams of beef or chicken will not give your body as much protein as hemp. One point to remember is hemp is not something you can mix with water or milk by itself and expect a good taste. It has a muddy and mirky look and taste and an un-appealing green color it. However my smoothies are great because I add frozen banana, gives it an "Ice creamy taste", frozen blueberries (turns my smoothies an appealing grape-purple color) and strawberries, cacao nibs, and also instead of water, I always keep some cold herbal fruit flavored tea in the fridge and use that, gives it a fruity taste that permeates the smoothie. Very often they are so good, I smack my lips wanna go make another. Jamba Juice ain't got nothin' on me! Don't mean to get long-winded, but this is one of the healthiest foods in the world, and when you eat healthy, get great physicals, and never feel tired, you wanna spread the word with so much mis-information out here. By the by, been using for 3 years everyday and have passed to 2 drug tests for 2 jobs.
Oh and I have to respond to another reviewer named "Not Me" on his comments in relation to mine pertaining to "Chicken vs. Hemp". We both gave the product 5 stars but had some disagreement on the best protein. He threw out a lot info on the components of protein, but I am very in tune with my body, and I can say for sure that a hemp base smoothie gives my body type more nutrition than a chicken breast and I get positive energy effects after my smoothie and not the dropp-off like after I eat meat. I'm not saying hemp has the best amino acid profile, so I supplement my protein intake daily from other sources, especially organic free range eggs. He mentions soy as a great protein, but he is not aware that excessive soy is bad for women, and the benefits of soy is mainly in fermented soy products. So, I guess we can go back and forth, but my review was for the person who is trying to get started in finding better products, that person is probably not at the point of analyzing the amino acid profile of a smoothie. I'll say again that I know for fact through experience and experimentation that a hemp based smoothie gives me more nutrition that chicken of beef. Not sure how a stranger on the web can tell me it doesn't. But we are all trying to learn, and I am experimenting with supplementing my Hemp protein with Brazil Nut protein and some others, BUT DEFINITELY NOT WHEY OR SOY. There are many opinions in health just as in politics and sports, the key get is to just get started, enjoy researching products, enjoy positive effects of good products, get in tune with yourself, and your body will tell you what is right or wrong.
167 of 193 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2013
OK. So I'm going to get a bit more graphic than perhaps others about this product, so if you don't wanna read about other's bowel movements, then "move" on (hehe). Anyway, I have tried a variety of protein powders and fiber supplements. My favorite combination is Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey, and CVS/pharmacy Natural Fiber Supplement Bulk Forming Laxative. I normally buy these separate, then mix them when I have my post-workout shake. Let me tell you, you will be AMAZED at the size of your poop when you use this particular fiber supplement. It is by far the best fiber supplement out there. Having said that, I was getting a bit tired of buying them separately (the CVS fiber can be hard to find in the store sometimes), and I wanted a change of scenery. I saw this hemp protein powder with both protein and fiber, and decided to try it out and kill two birds with one stone. The protein content isn't as high, but I wasn't worried about that since I get plenty of protein in my diet. So I bought a 3 lb bag (go big or go home), and gave it a shot.
First off, I'll start with the taste. By itself in water, it's like drinking a bag of lawn clippings. It has a very "earthy" taste to it, so I suggest mixing it with something. I like mixing it with vanilla coconut milk in a pre-workout shake. The vanilla and lawn clippings somehow blend well together, and tastes pretty good. Now it's not so good you'd want to drink it just to drink it, but it's a protein drink. It's purpose is to deliver nutrients, not satisfy your sweet tooth. I also mix it with chocolate almond milk for my post workout shake. I like the coconut milk for the MCTs it contains (perfect for fueling a workout), and I like the chocolate almond milk post workout for the sugar it delivers to rapidly replenish depleted glucose levels. For those using this powder as part of a weightlifting routine, I suggest trying it.
Next is the texture. It doesn't so much as dissolve in liquid, as it more or less is suspended in it. It's a fine, almost sandy quality to it. The individual grains are visible when you rinse out the cup in the sink. It's like sediment. Which brings us to the title of my review. This stuff comes out pretty much the same way it goes in. If you fart after drinking this stuff, your underwear will be speckled with sediment. When you are on the toilet, you will wipe and you will see sediment on the toilet paper. And you'll wipe again. And again. And again. And it will seem like no matter how much you wipe, you'll still see little flecks on the toilet paper. I guess it's just doing what it's meant to do, since the body can't digest fiber, it's going to come out very much like how it went in. However, with the CVS brand fiber, I never had this problem. I would give birth to a 3 lb food baby, and not even have to wipe. It was AMAZING.
So aside from all my graphic descriptions, and my issue with the constant wiping, I want to give this product 3 stars, but perhaps some may think it worthy of at least 4, maybe even 5. I gave this score in comparison to my own protein/fiber combination (the CVS fiber and ON 100% Whey). That combo is worthy of 5 stars due to high fiber, high protein, and virtually no wiping. It also tastes better. Problem is the hassle buying them separately, and the CVS fiber being a bit expensive and hard to come by. The Nutiva brand is perfect for vegans or vegetarians, or just hippie freaks that like their foods all-natural and whatnot. Good brand, price, and flavor, but not without its flaws (in my eyes).
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2012
I add this to water and guzzle it down in about 1 minute, twice a day. It goes down fine, just a sandy texture. This is perfect for me as I'm not really interested in dressing it up and deriving any pleasure from it - it's PROTEIN.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2010
When I first opened the bag, I was thrown off by the strong aroma, somewhat reminiscent of sage. However, this aroma died down within a couple of days.
As I mixed it for the first time, I noticed it didn't dissolve very well in water, and the taste was a bit strong for my liking. However, as with the smell, the taste became milder as I got used to it. I now enjoy it very much.
As for its inability to dissolve in water, I find that the best solution is to add water and make a paste. Then, I drink the water off the top and eat the paste with a spoon.
Regarding its effectiveness, this product keeps my digestive track regular and gives my muscles the protein I need for work. (I work in construction, with a little heavy lifting and a lot of movement.)
I am very pleased with this product, and I will be purchasing it again!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2008
When I was told about this product, I had no idea how good it is in so many ways. Protein, fiber, amino acids, vegetarian and more. I have it 3 times a day. No doubt you will enjoy it. And like they recommend with all fiber, start out slow and increase slowly.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2009
After reading the reviews here I was a bit leary of this stuff, but the price on it was just too good to pass up, I figured it couldn't taste that much worse than whey. Since going vegan I've been looking for a replacement to whey, and I don't really want to use soy powder because my diet already has a lot of soy in it.
The taste is fine, after seeing the reviews here I expected it to be god-awful, but it doesn't have much of a taste and isn't really noticeable. I mix it in a blender with ice, a banana, and some rice milk or soy milk or water and I barely even notice the taste at all. The only complaint I have is that the powder tends to sink to the bottom of the glass, so I have to stir it with a spoon a few times to make sure it stays mixed with the liquid.
And the price is really great, definitely buy it from amazon.com if you can.
51 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2008
I have been using Nutiva Hemp Protein for about a year now in my hot cereal and smoothies. (I use stevia and Agave Syrup to sweeten, also avail on Amazon.) I like it, esp for the awesome nutritional profile! The flavor and texture may take some getting used to for some people, but well wrth it for the health benefit! And the best price I have found so far is right here on Amazon.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2010
There are a lot of technical reviews out there, but in very simple words, there are two things that you get from the hemp powder. First is the protein, it is very potent and actually keeps you active, there are lots of studies on the net that you can look up, but for myself, I have been using it for 1 year now, and I can run for 4 miles and pump weight for another 1 hour and still go out party in the night, I never had so much energy with any other product. The second part is the fiber, it will make your mornings lot easier, without another fiber supplement. For taste, it is very personal but, hemp is easy to mix in a wide variety of liquids so you have choices, the best idea is to try it for a month or so and see how it works on your body, make sure you exercise to maximize the result.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2010
I mix it in smoothies and ice cream and have it every morning. In ice cream, I can't taste it at all. It does need some masking, not the best flavor, but grape juice and bananas work well, berries too. Feel very regular since I started using it. The price was great and it will last a long time, since I've followed the freezing/refrigeration instructions. I figure I can't go wrong with this fiber and protein source. It encourages me to eat more fruit, and I'm starting to blend in a few veggies too and you can't get enough of those! I even found recipes online for baking with this stuff and made oatmeal cookies that actually turned out good! I recommend it to anyone who wants more fiber in their diet and likes experimenting with new recipes for baking and blending drinks.