Have you heard good or bad things about hemp milk? Or have you never heard of itit?
If you never heard of it then this article will introduce you to it and provide you with the pros and cons of hemp milk.
We will also share how to make hemp milk. Before we get detailed, we will discuss what it is.
What is hemp milk?
Hemp Milk is plant-based and it is slowly making its way as the mainstream alternative to Cow’s milk and many other forms of substitutes.
Similar to other kinds of plant-based milk, hemp milk is made from seeds – the seeds of the hemp plant. But, no worries, the seeds from the hemp plant only contain trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
As such, you will not get any mind-altering effects from using it or even eating hemp seeds. In other words, this product is incapable of getting you ‘high’.
How do you use it?
Hempseed milk may be used for a variety of things. In our home, it is used often. It is excellent to use if you try not to consume too much dairy.
Everyday uses include: As
- cream/milk for your coffee, smoothies, or cereals.
- the milk used in baking.
- a drink served with ice.
It is available online and in many grocery stores. Or if you prefer, you can make your own as we often do.
Read until the end to find out how to make hemp milk – homemade hemp milk that is.
Pros and Cons
There are many pros and cons of hemp milk. For your convenience, this article will highlight three (3) of the most popular or important pros and cons.
Hemp is not a common allergen.
One of the main reasons that people are switching from animal-based milk (especially cows milk) is because of allergenic reasons. Many are lactose intolerant. Apart from that type of allergy, many people even have a nut and soy intolerance so they have very limited options for good tasting milk. Hemp milk is not known to be a common allergen so many people can enjoy it as their substitute.
This is not to say a person cannot be allergic to it or other hemp foods – it’s simply to say that it is not common. Read more.
Packed with omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and Iron.
You can get your all-important omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids from hemp milk. Also, it is packed with iron.
Iron oh iron. Did you know that calcium found in most dairy products blocks iron absorption? This means that if you are having cereal that is packed with fortified iron you may want to use something other than a cow’s milk to enjoy it. Of course, this will be less important if you do not have a health condition such as iron-deficiency anemia.
It contains nutrients that may help to prevent heart disease.
Hemp is said to be rich in the amino acid arginine. Your body needs arginine to create nitric oxide. According to Healthline, “Nitric oxide helps relax blood vessels and maintain a healthy blood pressure”. Thus, consuming arginine-rich foods may reduce the chances of heart disease.
Strong Nut Flavor
For some people, a strong nut flavor is a pro. However, I have heard many people saying they do not like the nutty flavor. The nut taste is quite strong.
May be costly
For some, hemp milk is considered as pricy. The benefits of using it may very well outweigh the cost but that is a personal decision for you to make.
As well as, if you are using animal-based milk you should strive to consume high-quality milk that is organic and from grass-fed cows which is equivalent to the cost.
Low in protein and calcium but high in sugar
Many people consume milk products for their calcium. However, hemp milk is low in calcium. This means that if you switch to it you will need to get calcium from another source.
Many people also say that hemp milk is high in sugar.
If you make your own this won’t be an issue. However, if you are shopping for it ensure to read the nutrition label carefully.
How to Make Hemp Milk- Homemade
Making it homemade is super easy. You can make it by following only a few short steps. Below we will list the ingredients needed to make it homemade then we will tell you exactly how to.
Ingredients and utensils:
- 1/2 cup Organic Hemp Seeds (shelled)
- 2-3 cups Water fit for drinking
- A pinch of salt
- Organic Sweetener – sugar or honey (optional)
- Mason jar – for storage
- To your blender, add organic hemp seeds, water, salt, organic sweetener.
- Close the blender and blend until the mixture is well combined – about 30-60 seconds.
- Place the strainer on the mason jar and pour the milk into the mason jar.
- Seal the mason jar and store in the fridge or serve immediately on ice. It will last about 3-5 days if stored correctly in the fridge.
With this quick process, you can make a fresh batch before you are ready to consume rather than storing. But, this is completely up to you.
Based on the pros and cons of hemp milk you will be able to make an informed decision about whether or not it is right for you. This is one way that you can begin to live a self-sustainable life– by making some of your own items. If you do decide to give it a try then you will be able to make your own by following our easy ‘how to make hemp milk’ guide.
This list and article are not exhaustive and should only be used as a guide. This article is in no way a medical guide as the author is not a medical expert. Please use links provided for additional reading.