For those who have never heard, hemp milk is an incredibly nutritious and tasty alternative to cow milk as it supplies the body with essential nutrients without the harm that dairy causes to the body.
For some, it is an ethical choice to not drink animal milk, for others it is just intolerance. Other ones choose to avoid it for making healthier choices while others drink it as they want the nutritional benefits and like the taste. Whatever the circumstance is, is it possible that we are not making the healthiest choice by drinking animals milk? For those who are looking for an alternative to animal milk, hemp milk is one option you should consider.
What is it made of?
Hemp milk is a vegan product made from a blend of hemp seeds and water. This mixture provides creamy texture with a delicious taste. Some describe its taste as ‘nutty.’ Unlike cow milk, hemp milk is easy to digest and doesn’t cause any of the health problems associated with milk.
Many might ask: Is Hemp milk made from Marijuana? The answer is, no. Hemp milk is made from the seeds of the hemp plant which is legal to grow in various countries around the world.
The United States is one of the only countries where you are not allowed to grow hemp. Possible concern some may have about hemp milk surrounds its possible levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Fortunately, for those looking to drink this milk alternative, it is important to note that the hemp plant does not contain enough THC to have psychoactive affects. Also, the hemp plant has many uses that can apply to various areas of our society. This is why there is such a great deal of controversy behind the reasons hemp is illegal to grow in the USA.
When it comes to nutrition, the hemp plant, including its seeds, offer a powerful punch. In a single 8-ounce glass of hemp milk you can find the following nutrients:
- 900mg Omega-3 Fatty Acid
- 2800mg Omega-6 Fatty Acid
- All 10 Essential Amino Acids
- 4 grams of Digestible Protein
- 46% of RDA of Calcium
- 0% Cholesterol
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B12
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin D
We can see that hemp milk is a great source of nutritious protein and it is capable of delivering the tough to find amino acid, GLA. Hemp milk is rich in protein and contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A, E, B-12 and folic acid. It is rich in magnesium, potassium, iron and magnesium. All essential nutrients for a healthy diet and immune system.
- Strengthened Immune System
- Clear, Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails
- Strong, Healthy Heart
- Increased Mental Capacity
- Hemp has anti-inflammatory agents and improves circulation.
Make Your Own
While hemp milk can be found in stores, if you are feeling adventurous, you can try making your own hemp milk. This will allow you to try out the milk in small quantities if you are not sure if you will like it. To make the hemp milk you will need 1/2 cup of raw organic, shelled hemp seeds and 2 cups of purified water.
At the end, you will need a piece cheesecloth or a nut-milk bag. Blend the water and hemp seeds in a blender for about 3 minutes or until they are well blended. Once you are done blending, strain the milk through the cheesecloth and enjoy. Of course, it always tastes better cold so you might want to chill it first. This mixture should store in the fridge for about 3 days.
If you are looking for a milk alternative and are not feeling rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk or oat milk, try giving hemp milk a shot. Even if the milk does not fit your pallet, give hemp seeds a try. They are a super food that you definitely would want to consider having in your diet whether you are vegan/vegetarian or not.