Health-minded consumers are discovering the creamy taste of a liquefied wonder food: hemp milk. Derived from hemp seed, hemp milk is a tasty and innovative formula that delivers hemp’s nutritional goodness.
What’s in it for me?
Hemp milk is a good source of protein, containing 10 essential amino acids and some good, healthy polyunsaturated fats notably the Essential Fatty Acids Omega-3 and Omega-6, arranged in an arguably perfect balance (three Omega-6 for every one Omega-3) for our body’s needs. While there are other non-dairy milks out there with more protein (oats), that’s ok, not everyone wants a heavy meal as a beverage. Natural food lovers take note: the goodness of hemp means that hemp milk does not need to be fortified or enriched to bring it up to nutritional performance. As well, hemp lends itself quite readily to certified organic growing and processing, giving the consumer even more assurance.
Who drinks it and why?
Hemp milk is enjoyed by many people for many different reasons. These include:
- People avoiding food allergies
- Those on vegan/vegetarian diets
- People on paleo diets
- People with lactose intolerance
- Celiacs and other people looking for gluten-free alternatives
- People concerned with animal welfare
- Those who chose foods based on environmental conviction
- Dieters interested in (bad) fat reduction
- People looking to avoid cholesterol
- Women seeking to avoid phytoestrogens and messing with their body’s natural estrogen production
- Foodies looking for a different taste!
And so on. The contemporary hemp consumer is not easily classified … but hemp milk appeals to many different kinds of people for many solid reasons.
How hemp milk is made
Hemp milk can be purchased in ready-to-drink packages or be made at home. Making it is fairly simple:
- 1 cup of Shelled Hemp Seeds
- 4 cups of water (add more water to make skimmier, less to make creamier.)
- Adds Flavor (your call: say 1-2 tps of Agave nectar/honey and 1tps vanilla extract — experiment!)
- Put all into a blender and liquefy for 1-2 minutes.
- Strain mixed liquid through cheese cloth to remove undissolved seed particles (you can compost these leftovers if you want).
Even though hemp seeds taste like nuts, you don’t have to pre-soak them like nuts. Shelling (the process of removing the shell) makes the hemp seed ready to use. So, making your own hemp milk is quick and easy!
Homemade hemp milk keeps for up to 4 days in a fridge. You can make these batches as you go.
What it tastes like (and how to handle)
Hemp’s natural flavor is light and nutty. But most hemp milk on the market is flavored, much like soy milk and other non-dairy alternatives. Common store varieties include plain, vanilla, or chocolate flavors. For the best consistency, shake up the container with the lid closed before pouring. If any milk spills outside the carton, wipe it off … hemp is reactive to oxygen and spoils fast if left out. Note that the boxes hemp milk is packaged in do not have to be refrigerated until after they are opened.
How to use
Hemp milk is enjoyed as a beverage but is also be used in smoothies, cereal, or as a replacement of dairy milk in recipes such as a creamy soup base, puddings and desserts. Some people use hemp milk to make ice cream at home.
Hemp milk is high in protein and less congesting than dairy products. It’s a good alternative source of calcium: other minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, folic acid and zinc are among the stars here.
Nutritional Comparison Chart (Insert from http://store.globalhemp.com/hemp-milk-s/124.htm)
Hemp performs well when compared to standard 2% dairy milk … more protein, competitive source of calcium and of course, and is a good source of polyunsaturated fats Omega 3 and Omega 6. Keep in mind that hemp protein contains two globular proteins, albumin and edestine. These are very similar to proteins present in the body’s blood and are thus very digestible.
Global Hemp, Inc makes no implied or express warranty regarding use of this guide; it should not be relied on in providing, or in lieu of seeking professional, nursing or medical advice, assistance or care.