5 Benefits of Hemp Milk That’ll Have You Pouring Another Glass
Want to know a surefire way to drive me crazy? Sit with a big bowl of ice cream in front of me and offer me a bite.
You see, I’m lactose intolerant, but I love all things milk.
So even though I’d love to snatch the bowl away from you and lick it clean; doing that would be a very bad idea indeed for someone like me.
And that is how, over the years, I’ve become the unofficial high priestess of non-dairy milks. I’ll try any non-dairy product at least once. Whether it’s almond milk or soy milk or oat milk or even rice milk; I’ve tested, tasted and resigned to the fact that none really come close to the flavor and texture of “real” milk. Somehow it always felt like I was settling.
Till I discovered hemp milk.
Not only did hemp milk actually taste as creamy as dairy, it’s nutty, slightly sweet flavor actually seemed tastier than dairy. Big win! Some quick googling about the benefits of hemp milk, cemented its standing in my books.
So, without further ado, let me spill the beans on how hemp milk is awesome for you (and the planet!).
Hemp Milk Tastes Delicious!
If you have tried any plant based milks, you’ll probably know that they taste watery, often grainy and usually have a strong aftertaste. Unlike most other dairy substitutes, hemp milk is thick and creamy, just like cow’s milk. No more sad watery excuses for milk where the solids settle at the bottom leaving a murky liquid above. Since hemp milk comes from the seeds of the hemp plant, it has a warm, nutty flavor that sets it apart from all other types of plant milks.
Hemp milk is the perfect base for creamy smoothies. Unsweetened hemp milk works great in place of dairy for baking and hemp tofu is a much tastier alternative to soy tofu. Want to add hemp milk to your latte? Go right ahead. Hemp milk won’t “split” like most other plant based milks when added to hot liquids.
* Check out this delicious smoothie that’s loaded with antioxidants
A Nutritional Powerhouse
Hemp milk is rich in calcium and contains all 10 essential amino acids one needs to stay healthy. Hemp milk has more Vitamin A than dairy and is rich in micronutrients like magnesium, zinc and phosphorus that promote bone health, reduce inflammation, build immunity, improve memory, maintain kidney function and more.
Unlike many plant based milks, hemp milk is loaded with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, which increase "good" HDL cholesterol in your body, protect your heart and lower blood pressure. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids also help prevent dementia, fight depression and aid brain development in babies.
Scientific studies have shown that the riboflavin (otherwise known as Vitamin B2) in hemp milk lowers the frequency of migraine headaches. Riboflavin supplements have been recommended as a safe alternative to medications for treating migraines.Loves Your Skin, Eyes and Bones
Who knew drinking milk could make you better looking!
A study of over 4000 middle-aged, American women showed that regular consumption of Omega - 6 fatty acids results in fewer wrinkles and lower chances of developing dry, thin skin.
The Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids in hemp milk, help your skin look younger and fresher as the years roll by.
By the way, dairy is considered a poor source of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Nudge, nudge.
A cup of hemp milk has the same amount of bone building calcium in it as one cup of dairy. Most hemp milks (including Tempt Hemp) are fortified with Vitamin D, helping your body absorb the calcium even better. The high phosphorus content in hemp milk also adds to bone density and builds stronger bones.
The Riboflavin we mentioned earlier protects your eyes and delays cataracts. It also gives you an extra boost of energy as it helps in processing carbohydrates, fats and proteins in the body.
Safe for Allergen-free Diets
Food allergies have consistently been on the rise the world over. An estimated 32 million Americans have food allergies, including one in every 13 children. While over 170 different foods have been identified as having the potential to cause allergic reactions, the vast majority of allergens come under 8 categories.
Hemp milk is completely free of the top 8 most common allergens.
You might have spotted almond milk or soy milk in coffee shops in place of dairy creamer. But neither of them makes the cut for individuals with nut allergies. Even though, hemp milk is derived from the hemp seed, it is completely safe for nut allergy sufferers.
Good for the Planet
The hemp plant is naturally resistant to bugs and pests. This means farmers don’t need to use harmful pesticides and chemicals that pollute the soil and water.
Unlike most other cash crops, hemp grows fast and thick in most soil types, needing little fertilizer and relatively little water to grow and thrive.
The hemp plant is a born eco-warrior, combating global warming by absorbing more carbon dioxide by weight than any other plant, forest or commercial crop. Scientific data shows that one tonne of hemp absorbs 1.63 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. CO2
Every single part of the hemp plant can be used for different commercial purposes, including its seeds, leaves, stalk, roots and flowers. Hemp lends itself to over 50,000 different uses, from rope and paper to shampoos, insulation, and more, adding to its reputation as one of the most versatile crops.
As a result, hemp farming generates considerably less waste than other crops, making hemp milk more eco-friendly than other plant-based milks.
What More Do You Need from a Humble Weed?
With all those benefits that hemp brings with it, one wonders why hemp products are not more popular.
Hemp’s biggest burden might be its lineage. A cousin of the marijuana plant, hemp is often mistakenly considered as a hallucinogen and avoided by most legally-conscious citizens. The strict regulations (and bans, in many states) on hemp farming is another deterrent.
Which is why we consider it our duty to inform the public - hemp is good for you! It does not contain any THC, the hallucinogen present in marijuana, and therefore, cannot make you high.
The only high you’d get from hemp products is the happy glow of good health. Let’s raise our glasses of hemp milk to that! Cheers!