For people looking for a healthy alternative to cow’s milk, hemp milk is an excellent option, as it delivers a wealth of nutrients and is becoming more readily available in many different parts of the world.
What is Hemp Milk?
Although not as popular as almond milk or soy milk, hemp milk is a vegan alternative to cow or goat’s milk and is derived from crushing and soaking hemp seeds in water. Hemp seeds are often inaccurately associated with marijuana, so the idea of drinking hemp milk is unappealing to some people. However, there is no THC in hemp seeds, and in no way should this beverage be considered a drug or an illicit product.
This milk isn’t available everywhere, but as more people discover what health benefits it can provide, it continues to gain popularity. Hemp milk is particularly praised by vegans and those with lactose intolerance, as it is a completely natural beverage and is known to be easier to digest than traditional milk.
Hemp Milk Nutrition
Many people are surprised to learn that hemp milk possesses so many impressive nutrients, including nearly 1/2 of your calcium requirement per day in a single cup. This is in addition to a number of good fats, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin E, and protein, as well as a few other minerals, such as potassium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. There is also no cholesterol and only 140 calories per glass – slightly higher than skim milk, but not as high as whole milk.
Hemp Milk Benefits
With significant levels of vitamin E and vitamin A, two antioxidant compounds that can do wonders for your diet, this milk is able to improve the health of the skin by reducing oxidative stress, which can lead to wrinkles, inflammation, and other signs of aging.
The high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important in this milk variety, as both of these compounds are linked to boosts in cognitive performance, concentration and memory, making this a popular beverage for older people who are at higher risk for neurodegenerative diseases.
Improves Heart Health
There is no cholesterol in hemp milk, but there is a good amount of potassium. This means that you will be at a lower risk of atherosclerosis and the build-up of plaque in the arteries, while also lowering blood pressure thanks to potassium’s vasodilating abilities.
How to Make Hemp Milk?
You can make your own hemp milk at home very easily; all you need is water, hemp seeds, and a blender. Take a look at the recipe below.
Homemade Hemp Milk Recipe
- 1/2 cup of hemp seeds
- 3-4 cups of water
- To make hemp milk, mix 1/2 cup of hemp seeds and 4 cups of water in a blender.
- Blend thoroughly for 1-2 minutes.
- Strain the mixture through cheesecloth or thin strainer into a glass jar or container.
- Store the hemp milk in the refrigerator; consume within 2-3 days for best results.
Hemp milk can be used in a number of different ways. Some of them are:
- As a substitute for cow milk. It is however crucial to remember – hemp milk can be used as a cow’s milk substitute, but it has a very particular and nuttier flavor which might not be suitable for everybody.
- Since it is free of soy, gluten, and lactose, hemp milk is a good choice for those who avoid dairy or follow a vegan diet.
- It can be consumed on its own or added to a bowl of hot or cold cereals, baked goods, and smoothies.
- Hemp milk makes for excellent lattes, cappuccinos, and other coffee drinks due to its creamy consistency and protein content.
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Word of Caution
While you are using any CBD or hemp derived products, it is important to check your state’s laws and guidelines for the same. Hemp-derived CBD products are illegal in the US on a federal level, but still legal in many states. If you are travelling, then make sure you comply with that city/state’s laws regarding the consumption and use of CBD. Remember that most CBD products are not FDA-approved and therefore may be sold illegally or with wrong labeling.
There are very few side effects related to consuming hemp milk, but with flavored varieties, you should carefully note the amount of added sugar. More sugar means more calories, as well as a greater effect on your blood sugar levels. While drinking this milk in moderation should be fine, excessive consumption should be avoided to prevent obesity and diabetes. Check with your doctor if you have a serious or chronic condition drinking this milk or making it an essential part of your diet or routine.