Remy C. Answers HPPC Nay Sayers
August 22th 2000
Certain people are actively pursuing a campaign of slander against HPPC by advising the HIA membership that our powder is not an isolate, which we never claimed it was in the first place. It is only a concentrate.
We have made no secret of this. The breakdown, done by a reputed Canadian food lab, is on my webpage for all to see.
Our powder is made from 100% hemp seedcake left over from the oil pressing process which is then dried and sifted of all left over hull (seed shells). Because most of the carbohydrate in hemp seed is in the shell, and because most of the oil has been pressed out to produce hemp seed oil, what is left has a high protein content, 47% to be exact.
So while whole hemp seed only contains about 30% protein, our powder is more concentrated because most of the shell and the oil has been removed. This counts as a concentrate under the food regulations I've read which states that anything over 45% can be labeled as such. It requires 70% to be labeled as an isolate. Texas A&M University protein separation services describe HPPC as a concentrate.
Please advise those who attempt to denounce HPPC as fraudulent are just spreading bad karma, bad for us obviously, bad for them, and bad for the whole hemp food industry in general.
At a time when the entire hemp food industry should be banding together and pooling resources to fight these new DEA regulations that are threatening all import of hemp food and other hemp goods into the USA, wasting energy and resources on internal strife and competition for what is right now still a small market base anyway, is not only counterproductive, but threatens the future of the whole hemp industry in America.
If you prefer to simply call HPPC a hemp seed powder instead of a hemp protein powder concentrate, that's fine by me! Be my guest. The reason we are calling it a concentrate is because that's what it is: 47% protein. And it also gives us a chance to open up a market for the future introduction of HPPI, or hemp protein powder isolate, when we, and others, have a powder with a 70% + protein content.
But a powder containing 47% protein can already be called a protein concentrate in all good faith and without any deception on my part. I hope to soon be able to also introduce an isolate, but in the meantime this is a fine food. As a matter of fact many people have already told me that they prefer such a powder to an isolate, because in many cases an isolate can only be produced after the addition of many unnatural chemicals in the process. So I assure them HPPC will always be available, probably at lower cost, once HPPI has been developed.
HPPC is how nature intended it to be. I am frankly surprised that nobody else in the hemp food industry so far didn't chose to introduce such a product on the market before. Up until now the left over by-product of the hemp oil pressing process has been sold at a great loss as animal feed slop, or simply discarded to the compost heap. We have found a way to produce a wonderful new food product from a raw material that had up until now been considered worthless by the entire hemp food industry.
Now that we have such a powder for sale, those going around bad mouthing me and
our product are just showing their true color: green with envy!
I'm just defending myself and the future of HPPC from those who instead of concentrating on improving their own line of hemp foods would find the time to trash other people's work at the expense of any other future start up company.