What is Hemp Milk? [Key Benefits]

Thursday, Jul 19, 2018

Contrary to what you might think, hemp milk will NOT get you high. Rather, as the name suggests, it is a plant milk made from hemp seeds. These seeds are soaked and ground in water, and the result is a substance that resembles milk and can be used in precisely the same way. Whether you want to add it to your coffee, use it to create delicious milkshakes or just enjoy it on its own, hemp milk is here and it is ready to take the United States – and the rest of the world – by storm.

Well-known brands such as Tempt Hemp Milk and Pacific Hemp Milk are the ‘face’ of what is set to become a multi-million-dollar industry. The seeds used to create the drink come from the edible part of the Cannabis sativa L. plant, the same one that is used to make weed.

These seeds can be used to make protein powder, milk, oil and a host of other food items. It doesn’t cause a psychoactive high because it contains no THC, and as a consequence, most manufacturers claim that hemp milk is legal across the United States.

70 calories 2g carbohydrates 3g protein A cup of shelled hemp seeds. 5 cups of purified water. A natural sweetener such as raw honey or stevia. Put the water and hemp seeds into a blender. If you want thicker milk, use less water. If you would like your concoction to have a consistency similar to dairy skim milk, add more water. Turn the blender on full power for a maximum of three minutes. If you wish, sweeten the milk by adding the honey or stevia after blending. Blend again if you add sweetener. Drain it through a cheesecloth to remove large seed particles. Enjoy your milk in good health! Carrageenan: This is a seaweed-based additive that is so damaging to your digestive tract it is used to induce colitis in lab animals! According to the World Health Organization (WHO), carrageenan is a possible human carcinogen. Natural Flavors: Be wary of any hemp milk that contains the phrase ‘natural flavors’ as part of its ingredients list, because it enables companies to avoid the requirement of outlining its use of additives such as artificial sweeteners and MSG. Vegetable Oils: Hemp milk that also contains canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, or safflower oil is bad news. Getting liters of oil from corn is hard work and typically involves the use of high heat and high pressure, toxic solvents, and other agents that damage the delicate chemical structure of fatty acids. Sadly, soy and corn oils are also likely to come from GMO crops. Magnesium: A mineral that breaks food down into energy and helps maintain healthy bones. VitaminE: A crucial antioxidant that stops free radicals from damaging cells. UnsaturatedFat: Reduces the risk of heart disease. Potassium: Keeps blood pressure under control. Manganese: Helps maintain healthy teeth and bones. Selenium: Prevents tissue and cell damage by boosting the immune system. Flavonoids: Essential for a healthy heart. Little calories or fat: If you want energy but would rather steer clear of caffeine or regular milk, almond milk is an excellent low-calorie alternative. No additives: Unfortunately, cows are sometimes injected with growth hormones and antibiotics to ensure they produce more milk. There are no such issues when you use almond milk. It is not suitable for people with nut allergies. When produced commercially, almond milk contains more sugar than cow’s milk. It doesn’t contain the right nutrition profile for infants. As a result, you can’t use it as a substitute for breast milk or formula. It is classified as a ‘goitrogenic food,’ which means it contains chemicals capable of damaging the thyroid when consumed in large amounts. Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fatty Acids: Both are vital for healthy brain function. Unusually for an off the shelf product, hemp milk provides the ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 acids. Vitamins: Just one cup of hemp milk contains 10% of your RDA for Vitamin A, 25% of your daily Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 requirement, and at least 6% of your Vitamin E RDA. Minerals: Most brands add calcium to hemp milk during processing, and you also benefit from high doses of magnesium and iron. Amino Acids: Hemp milk contains 10 essential amino acids. Stomach ache from the tannins and saponins in hemp. Nutritional deficiencies (if consumed by babies). Allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, hives, eye irritation, and anaphylaxis. Such problems are rare, but they do happen. Products containing synthetic B12 (also known as cyanocobalamin) could result in low potassium levels in the blood, a condition also called ‘hypokalemia.’ If gelling agents are used in store-bought hemp seed milk, it could cause abnormal digestive activity. Examples of harmful gelling agents include carrageenan (Tempt and Pacific Hemp Milk don’t use it anymore), guar gum, and xanthan gum.