A growing number of people are looking for alternatives to dairy milk whether this be due to allergies, health concerns or ethical reasons. Previously, the most popular choice was soy milk, a beverage that has been widely available for many years. More recently, milk drinks from various nuts and grains have hit the market with one of the newest being hemp milk.
Hemp milk is a great source of protein for a vegetarian diet. It is also rich in omega 3 and omega 6, calcium, essential fatty acids and multiple nutrients necessary for a healthy diet including magnesium, phytosterols, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin and thiamin.
Analysis and Impact:
Made from the seeds of the plant, hemp milk does not contain any of the chemical THC. It is seeing increased popularity due to health benefits not present in soy milk such as a lack of enzyme inhibitor phytate that can interfere with the absorption of essential minerals. Hemp milk is also free from the complex sugars oligosaccharides that can cause flatulence when improperly digested.
Hemp milk is also more suitable for those suffering from allergies as it does not have the same properties as those made from tree nuts; therefore, it is appropriate for those with soy, dairy or nut allergies. Brands such as Tempt and Hemp bliss offer the product in a range of completely dairy free flavors including vanilla, chocolate and unsweetened vanilla as well as original.
Company: Living Harvest & Manitoba Harvest.
Brand: Tempt & Hemp Bliss.
Spotted in: Whole Foods, Chicago.
Presentation: 32 oz.
Price: $3.99 & $4.99 USD.
Available in: Health food stores, supermarkets.
Claims: Contain omega 3 and 6, high in calcium and other nutrients, suitable for allergy suffers.