What is Hemp Milk?
In a time of increasing food sensitivities and dietary modifications, non-dairy milk options are moving into the spotlight. Hemp milk provides a practical option for anyone looking to add hemp nutrition into their daily life. But what exactly is hemp milk? And how does it stack up against other non-dairy options?
Hemp milk is a product of hemp seeds, which are rich in many of the essential nutrients we all need for optimal health. The process of turning hemp seeds into milk is relatively simple, and can even be done in your own home.
So you grab a bucket and a stool and begin milking your seeds.
OK, that was a bad joke. In actuality, the process is much less labor-intensive.
The hemp seeds used to create milk are first crushed, then soaked in water. They can then be combined with flavorings, like ground vanilla or vanilla extract, and sweetener if desired. Like many other non-dairy milks on the market, hemp milk found in stores comes in a variety of flavors and has sweetened and unsweetened options, and can also be organic and non-GMO.
Once you have your desired combination of ingredients, all are then blended together to create a milky texture. The finished product can be strained through cheesecloth and a strainer, or left as is, resulting in a milk alternative that packs a hefty nutritional punch.
A one-cup serving of hemp milk clocks in at 70 calories, contains no cholesterol, only 2 grams of carbs and 3 grams of protein. It also contains magnesium, of which about ¾ of the population is deficient. Magnesium is crucial for muscle and bone health, maintaining healthy blood pressure, and may even assist in mental health concerns.
A single serving of hemp milk also contains about 900 milligrams of omega-3s and 2800 milligrams of omega-6s, which are collectively beneficial for heart disease, skin disorders, brain function, and bone health. These essential nutrients are highly concentrated within hemp milk, making it a superior option over soy or other nut milks.
Hemp seeds contain all ten essential amino acids, along with vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin B12, zinc, thiamine, iron, and folic acid.
Hemp milk is also harmless for those with nut, dairy, and soy allergies, and lactose-intolerance. In addition, hemp milk has about 46% of the recommended daily amount of calcium, competing directly with the calcium in cow or goats milk.
If the nutritional benefits weren’t enough to convince you, hemp milk is also the best possible dairy alternative for use in specialty coffee drinks, specifically those with latte art, due to its creamy consistency.
Whether you have dietary restrictions or are just looking for a way to include hemp into your routine, hemp milk is an easy and accessible option. You can make your own, or purchase it at your local grocery store.
Have you ever tried hemp milk or any hemp nutrition products? Let us know your favorite way to use this ultra-nourishing superfood.