It is not uncommon these days to find people seeking healthier alternatives to dairy milk. And unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you’ve surely noticed the large amount of milk options for your lattes at most coffee shops!
There are growing concerns as to the benefits and safety of cow’s milk, and people are looking for alternatives. Lactose intolerance and allergies to cow’s milk are on the rise, causing people to seek another nutrient-rich beverage. A popular one today that is fairly easy to find is hemp milk.
Hemp milk is high in essential fatty acids, so organic hemp milk is the best choice. Most toxins are fat-soluble, which means that conventionally grown foods that are high in fat – including “good” fat – tend to contain a higher concentration of toxins. Organic hemp milk is made from plants that have not been exposed to synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or other toxic substances, so the “good” fats are purer and even better!
Hemp milk is made from the tiny seeds/nuts of the hemp plant. Hemp seeds are ground finely with pure water, and sometimes sweetener is added. All but the tiniest particles of hemp seed are filtered out, leaving a smooth, milky beverage.
You can even make your own in a blender, using 1 cup shelled, organic hemp seeds to 5 cups water (add more water if you like it thinner), and natural sweetener such as raw honey or agave nectar. After blending, strain it through cheesecloth.
For parents with small children, it is a good thing to note that hemp milk has a higher fat content than other plant-based milks (such as soy and rice milks). Some brands of hemp milk can be high in added sugar, but not all brands add the same amount of sugar. It also comes in unsweetened varieties.
So just what about hemp milk makes it so good for you? In one 8-ounce glass of unfortified hemp milk, you will find Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, at least 4 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber, and 20% of the US RDA for iron. These health benefits are incredible!
Fortified versions of organic hemp milk contain 46% of the US RDA for calcium, compared to the 30% found in cow’s milk. These are just some of the valuable nutrients found in this plant-based milk. Fortified hemp milk also contains Vitamins D, E and A, as well as phosphorous, riboflavin, and other nutrients.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are vital to health and the proper healthy functioning of nearly all bodily systems – and this is of course why they are called essential fatty acids. The body does not make them on its own, so dietary sources are necessary to meet your nutritional requirement.
These healthy fats aid in cognitive function and have anti-inflammatory properties … which is paramount in today’s world where inflammation and all of its associated complications are on the rise.
If inflammation and allergies associated with, or from dairy products are some things that you or anyone in your family struggle with, then you just may find hemp milk to be a healing and tasty alternative.
Personally, I can tolerate dairy milk now and again, but over time if I don’t switch things up then my skin will break out in rashes. This is a sure sign of inflammation, so we have started using dairy milk alternatives much more often.
And hemp milk is completely free from any growth hormones, antibiotics, or other substances given to dairy cows that often end up in milk! This alone makes it well worth trying out … not to mention, it also helps to support those that are bringing us dairy milk alternatives.