Did you know that hemp seed contains more essential fatty acids than any other source? Did you also know that it is second only to soybeans in being a complete protein (although far more digestible for humans)? Hemp milk is a newer addition to your milk choices on the market just over the last two years. It may very well be the best alternative milk choice for the dairy free, but also have an appealing call to others as well, including myself. I originally heard about this product from a reader and began my own research. Come to find out, hemp milk is actually very nutritious for you!
According to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, “The “milk,” which just began to be sold this year (2007), is made from the “nuts” or seeds of the industrial hemp plant, which is illegal for U.S. farmers to grow.
That hasn’t been allowed, except for an experimental stint in Hawaii, since the late 1950s. This though the seeds and fibers from the industrial plant contain only trace amounts of the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is what makes the leaves and flowering tops of regular Cannabis sativa marijuana.” Most companies producing hemp milk including Living Harvest, highlighted below, promise that their beverage is completely THC-free.
I recently purchased a carton of the Living Harvest Hempmilk from my local Whole Foods and was pleasantly surprised by the pleasant nutty flavor. It was very smooth and delicious! I probably wouldn’t drink it everyday just like a glass a milk, but it worked very well added to our smoothies, replacing milk products in baking, and for other general uses. I would imagine you could even make your own hempmilk kefir with it!
One 8-Ounce glass contains the following healthy nutrients:
According to the box, for one cup (8 ounces) you can receive 46 percent of your daily calcium and 43 percent of your phosphorus. That’s pretty significant!
The beverage is fortified with other vitamins and minerals, including D2 (25 percent), B12 (25 percent) and riboflavin (31).
What it doesn’t present is any allergic reactions for those who can’t consume dairy, tree nuts or soy, and no cholesterol or cane sugar. Hemp protein, unlike soy protein, doesn’t contain high levels of enzyme inhibitors, phytates (“which can interfere with the proper assimilation of essential minerals”) or oligosaccharides (“which cause flatulence and stomach distress”). Although slightly more expensive then soy or rice milk, it’s nutritional benefits and digestibility far surpass them. Both soy and rice milks contain phytates which make it very difficult to digest and prevent your body from absorbing alot of the nutrients.
You can also make your own hempmilk very easily! If my math is correct, your savings unfortunately will not be significant, but it will be more fresh and a good way to avoid the waste of the milk containers. For a recipe for homemade hemp milk, visit here.
Hemp milk is a great alternative if you do not have access to raw cow’s milk, are dairy intolerant or vegetarian. It ranks up there with coconut milk and yet slightly cheaper in price.
Although I will not be abandoning my raw cow’s milk consumption, I have definitely decided to start supplementing our diet with this yummy hempmilk for all its nutritional benefits.
The Living Harvest site has a ton of great recipes for hemp milk -such as the Chocolate Coconut Shake (a combination of coconut milk & chocolate hemp milk). Sounds scrumptious! Sign up for their newsletter here and receive special offers and discounts.
The various applications for hemp are quite fascinating- check out some more amazing hemp facts!
Azure Standard -find organic shelled hempseed here. They also sell Living Harvest Hempmilk for $2.90 per container as their sale price this month!
Amazon – Living Harvest Hempmilk (case of 6) for $26.81
Whole Food Stores ($3.50-5 dollars per 32 oz depending upon if you get it on sale)
Have you tried hemp milk? What are your thoughts?