Last year Manitoba Harvest released the first organic flavored hemp protein powders, dark chocolate and vanilla. Well this year they are upping the ante. The already respectful evaporated cane juice in these powders has been replaced with palm sugar (known as the new eco-friendly and nutritious sweetener). They have also provided two wonderfully easy recipes (see the end of this press release from the company) for using their naturally flavored organic hemp protein powders. To note: These products are also vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and free from the "top allergens."
May 2010 – More people than ever are eating protein powders to conveniently gain optimal nutrition to fuel them to meet the challenges of today’s fast-paced modern lifestyle. Hemp protein powder holds many advantages over other protein powder options, and now Manitoba Harvest™ Hemp Foods & Oils has launched two new ‘superfood’ protein powders that are convenient, delicious and easy to digest. The new Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Organic Hemp Protein Powders from Manitoba Harvest are cold-processed raw whole food powders that feature the many benefits of organic palm sugar …
The fine consistency of the powder is optimal for blending into smoothies, drinks and other recipes. To most consumers the taste is most important, so the addition of the palm sugar’s delicious caramel and butterscotch flavor notes is very satisfying.
Coconut palm sugar is a ‘new’ sweetener that is quickly gaining popularity because of its low glycemic index, high nutrition content and eco-friendly attributes compared to other sweeteners. A low glycemic index is known to help with weight management and may improve glucose and lipid levels for people managing diabetes. Organic palm sugar is high in potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron, and is also a good source vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C.
Palm sugar is a sustainable crop that is sourced from small family farms and the processing income stays in the local community. Coconut palms produce an average of 50-75% more sugar per acre than cane sugar and uses 1/5 less agricultural inputs to achieve that production. Coconut trees are known to be ecologically beneficial crops that grow in and support diverse ecosystems, restore damaged soils and require little water.
Manitoba Harvest Organic Dark Chocolate Hemp Protein Powder and Organic Vanilla Hemp Protein Powder provide a boost of Protein, Omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and fiber to smoothies and other beverages, and they can be used in a variety of recipes (see below and at www.manitobaharvest.com/recipes). The new powders are offered in attractive black 16 oz. jars for a SRP of $21.99.
The ingredient lists are very straightforward for these new products from the leading hemp protein powder brand in North America. The Dark Chocolate variety contains: organic hemp protein powder; organic palm sugar; and organic fair trade cocoa. It provides 8g of protein and 9g of fiber per serving. The Vanilla variety provides 9g of protein and 11g of fiber per serving and contains: organic hemp protein powder; organic palm sugar; and organic vanilla flavor. These delicious certified organic products are gluten-free and there are no additives or preservatives.
Organic Hemp Puts the POW in the POWDER
Manitoba Harvest’s new Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Hemp Protein Powders contain all 10 of the essential amino acids at levels that contribute significantly to the human body’s requirements. Not only is hemp one of the most concentrated sources of protein in the plant kingdom, it is very easy for the body to digest and assimilate, and hemp also features an abundance of other key nutrients including soluble fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, omega-3 and -6 Essential Fatty Acids and GLA and SDA Super Fatty Acids. Hemp protein powder contains an amazing 66% of “edestin” proteins which are similar to protein found in the human body and are pre-cursors to such vital body components as hormones, hemoglobin, enzymes and antibodies. Hemp’s edestin structure is the highest in the plant kingdom.
The Organic Dark Chocolate and Organic Vanilla Hemp Protein Powders from Manitoba Harvest contain more than 35% of the FDA’s daily recommended fiber. Many of the other protein powders on the market today, for example those that feature soy, contain little or no fiber, which can cause digestive problems including constipation. Furthermore, Manitoba Harvest hemp protein powders are free of enzyme inhibitor found in soy and other legumes and grains that can prevent proper protein absorption, and hemp is also free of oligosaccharides that can cause bloating and digestive challenges.
Manitoba Harvest protein powders are whole food powders made from 100% raw and viable ‘non-GMO’ hemp seeds. The company’s cold press and cold milling processes ensure that valuable enzymes are not destroyed and the many vitamins, minerals and nutrients remain intact. This is in contrast to the many soy protein isolates that are processed with hexane and other chemicals, and that typically require high heating or fermentation to destroy various anti-nutritional qualities such as phytic acids that can prevent proper assimilation of essential minerals.
Founded in 1998, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils is the world’s largest vertically-integrated, farmer owned hemp food manufacturer. The company strives to create the healthiest hemp foods, to educate the public about healthy lifestyle choices, and to support sustainable and organic agriculture. Other products available from Manitoba Harvest include shelled hemp seed, hemp oil, hemp seed butter, and a full line-up of hemp protein powders. Manitoba Harvest is proud to partner with Renewable Choice Energy to reduce their environmental impact through wind power and carbon offsets. For more information, please visit www.manitobaharvest.com.