Thursday, May 9, 2013

Got Hemp Milk? The Benefits of Hemp Milk

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Joe Martino
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Hemp milk is an incredibly nutritious and tasty alternative to cow's 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 an intolerance. Others choose to avoid it for reasons of making healthier choices while others drink it as they want the nutritional benefits and like the taste. Whatever the circumstance, is it possible that we are not making the most healthy choice by drinking animal 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 of a blend of hemp seeds and water. The mixture provides a creamy texture with a delicious taste some may describe as ‘nutty.’ Unlike cow's milk, hemp milk is easy for the body to digest and does not cause any of the health problems associated with milk.

Question number one for some of us might be: 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. In fact, 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 effects. Further, the hemp plant has many incredible 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.


Nutrition

The hemp plant, including its seeds, offers a powerful punch when it comes to nutrition. 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
Potassium
Phosphorous
Riboflavin
Vitamin A
Vitamin E
Vitamin B12
Folic Acid
Vitamin D
Magnesium
Iron
Zinc
And more…

From that stacked list we can see that hemp milk is a great source of nutritious protein and 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, and is rich in magnesium, potassium, iron and magnesium. All essential nutrients for a healthy diet and immune system.

Notable Benefits
Strengthened Immune System
Clear, Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails
Strong, Healthy Heart
Increased Mental Capacity
Hemp has anti-inflammatory agents and improves circulation.
Try Making Your Own

While hemp milk can be found in stores, mainly health food stores, if you are feeling adventurous, you can try making your own hemp milk. This will also 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. To finish you will need a piece of 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.

Final thoughts

If you are looking for a milk alternative from rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk or oat milk, try giving hemp milk a shot. It is packed with nutrients and tastes great, in my opinion. Also, don’t forget that even if the milk does not fit your palate, 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.

Hey, name's Joe and you are currently engaged in what I'm passionate about, Collective Evolution. I am a creator of CE and have been heavily at it for 4 years. I love inspiring others to make change and am excited to play an active role in making this all happen. Hands down the only other thing I am this passionate about is baseball. Email me: joe@collective-evolution.com



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13 comments:

Hide Behind said...

Ah but the energy man searches for is so he can exploit it and thereby eat of himself in his unified universe.

Ben Yah said...

Enough ignorance - HEMP is the AMERICAN TERM for CANNABIS, or as Yah calls it in the Bible, kaneh bos'm, or as you refer to it by its racist propaganda term, marijuana. Come on, man. Educate.

Anonymous said...

Where does the seed come from, China, i and i wonder about contamination issues.

Anonymous said...

99% from Canada...better 'contamination' rates then your rancid RBGH dairy products which I abhor!

Anonymous said...

Sadly, it is almost impossible (and I live in the heart of organica, Santa Cruz, Cali) to find organic hemp seeds or milk. It's all grown in Canada and China without the protections organic presumably gives us.

For that reason, I am not buying it and instead using coconut milk, soymilk, almond milk, and rice milk, which are available organic.. If the US legalized hemp, it could become the organic hemp center of the world. Meanwhile, no thanks.

Dale

Anonymous said...

The brand and flavor on the picture is the very stuff I love. Being milk intolerant, I've tried numerous "milks", testing on cereal, as that's the best barometer. Just so happens to be really good for me. Go figure!

Anonymous said...

It's readily available in the Pacific NW (maybe cos we're close to Canada?) Some independent coffee bars offer it too. I much prefer a hemp latte to soy.

Dr Ben said...

I am a health care professional that specializes in embracing a holistic approach toward the pursuit of wellness. I thought I was familiar with many alternate diet oriented products. But, I never heard of Hemp Milk. The practice I represent employs a full time nutritionist. I forward this article to her and will see what she has to say. Anyway, thanks for this info.

Anonymous said...

There is one big problem with this brand of hemp milk...it is made with carrageenan. This is an irritant to the intestinal lining and has shown to cause cancer in rats. It is made from seaweed and is allowed in organic foods. Pacific Brand Original does NOT contain this ingredient, it is the only one I found that is carrageenan free. Otherwise it is an excellent product and the seeds come from Canada, not China.

Grey said...

Come on Son of Yah, ease up brother! I'd like to hear more on the Hebrew name for cannabis? You're right, "marijuana" is the propaganda name associated with hemp and cannabis but I don't believe the author of the article was using it in that fashion. Some have said the set-apart anointing oil could have been made from hemp though it could have been nice virgin olive oil also.- Peace in Yahushua Messiah.

Anonymous said...

I love my coconut milk...one huge problem, 'natural' flavorings. Trouble finding anything packaged without the allusive 'natural' flavorings. 'Natural' is code for hey they put crap in this product that they don't want you to know what it is...and sell it as 'healthy'. Why is this legal?
Kaneh Bos'm? I love everything associated with this plant of marvels. Never tried hemp milk...yet. But I'd rather have fully medicinal kaneh milk...made from sprouted seed. Peace, good health and happiness to all.

Anonymous said...

To be absorbed, calcium needs magnesium, so it is also very well worth noting that hemp provides a great amount of magnesium, 3 tablespoons providing almost half of the RDA of magnesium, and when we consider that Chinese people have one of the lowest incidences of osteoporosis in the entire world, and that their consumption of calcium is around a mere 250 mg a day on average, we can see that with a less acidic diet, minus all the toxic cola and coffee, with coffee leaving many with painfully aching knee joints after just a few cups (you can get your 'antioxidants' from plenty of other places, never mind the 'alternative doctors' working for the coffee companies), we can use far less calcium and far less magnesium.

Lets face it, if we really had to source all the RDA's that doctors tell us we 'need' every day, we would literally be eating a couple of wheelbarrows full of food every day if we tried to get them from real food, especially with the mineral-deficient soils they are grown in today.

Even most 'organic' food is still very shy of the full complement of minerals that it should and would have if the soil were properly remineralized with basalt rock dust, though organic food nonetheless often has at least as much as 12 times more minerals in than non-organic food.

mothman777

Anonymous said...

Why do people get so mouthy, either say something nice about the site or keep the negative talk to your self. I am going to buy and use hemp milk and see for myself.what works for one might not work for another. But at least I can be nice.

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