For the longest time, plant based protein powder was hard to get a hold of. With the movement growing each day, and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of a plant based diet, powders are becoming more and more abundant. With protein coming from a wide array of plant based products, it is believed that one of the most nutrient rich forms are those made from hemp protein.
Ergogenics is a Canadian based company founded by Richard Mehta. After working in one of the big box health stores for a time, Richard started questioning the products he was asked to sell. With so many artificial, and questionable, ingredients it became clear to him; his mission to provide a cleaner option had begun.
I’m new to hemp protein, and to be honest, it scared me. I work in an industry where all it takes is one person to hit into my work truck and I have to go pee in a cup. Yeah, I was scared of drug tests. Heck, I am so far from taking drugs I barely take ibuprofen or anything at all for headaches or other pains. I don’t like taking manufactured medicines. But anyway, I stayed away from hemp because of the possibility that THC may register. In Canada, the standards are set at 10 PPM (parts per million) which they believe is safe and will not cause any adverse effects. Not that I feel like I’m rolling the dice, but there’s a part of me that is still a bit worried about granny tapping my bumper…
On to what you are here for… how does it taste, mix, etc…
I’m working on a tub of the unflavored hemp protein, so there isn’t anything added for flavor. It’s about as raw tasting as you can get. I tried it a couple times in water, and to be honest, it was not awesome. Based on the ingredients (Soluble Hemp Protein Concentrate 70 , Spirulina, Chlorella, Kale, Barley Grass Juice, Wheat Grass Juice, Alfalfa , Broccoli Floret, Cabbage, Spinach, Wakame, Matcha Green Tea, Monk Fruit) you can imagine it was quite “green” tasting. The chlorella and spirulina were pretty powerful, if not overwhelming. Even though there is added monk fruit for sweetness, the bitterness of the greens outweighs that. The hemp also has a distinguished flavor as well. Not that any of this is a bad thing, please don’t take it that way. Being a clean as can be, and keeping the product as pure as possible, an earthy tone is a given. Mixed in a smoothie with bananas or other sweet fruit, it becomes much more palatable. I’ve even used it in my oatmeal in the morning with honey, which tasted just fine. Not sure how the flavored version of this taste but I will have to give it a try sometime.
There was no grit, this mixed up really easily. Again, the spirulina and chlorella made sure you didn’t forget they were in there. When mixed straight up with water, after a few moments, those two ingredients rose to the top and created a dark green layer. In a shaker cup though, if you are like me, you shake it before each sip anyway. So, again, it was no problem.
For me, the fact that Ergogenics is GMO Free is extremely important. We can argue all day about it being harmful or not harmful, the fact of the matter is there is not enough evidence to determine either way. It becomes a personal preference and my preference is to stay away from GMO’s. I don’t want to find hair growing on my knuckles 20 years from now, or a third arm start growing from my back; I’m happy with the two arms I already have.
All in all, I am happy with this product. I definitely can feel an energy boost shortly after consuming it. Knowing that the energy is coming from clean ingredients is a warm feeling to have. When you treat your body well, it responds well. Thank you to Ergogenics for giving me the opportunity to try this product out and helping me to alleviate the worry I had about hemp based products!
If you’ve tried this I would love to read your comments.
Product info: http://ergogenicsnutrition.com/