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Benefits of Hemp Milk

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There are many health benefits of hemp milk, so if you haven’t tried it, you should give it a go. Hemp milk is a healthy, plant-based, vegan milk that is made from the seeds of the hemp (cannabis) plant, and water. The nutritious hemp seeds are soaked in water. The result is a milk-like beverage that has a creamy consistency and a somewhat nutty or earthy flavor.

Since many vegan milks and non-dairy milks are nut milks made with nuts, and hemp milk is not made with nuts, it’s a fantastic milk choice for vegans who have a nut allergy. Similarly, hemp milk is a great non-dairy milk alternative for those who are lactose intolerant, but have a nut allergy. It’s also a great milk choice for those who are on the Keto diet. These are just some of the many benefits of hemp milk.

The popularity of hemp milk is rising, as it’s one of the types of milk that has some unique health benefits. It may not be the most popular vegan milk on the market, as plant-based milks such as soy milk, almond milk and coconut milk hit the shelves much sooner. Hemp milk, however, is catching on, because the benefits of hemp milk are becoming more recognized.

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Is it Safe to Consume Milk That is Made From the Cannabis (Hemp) Plant?

It is perfectly safe to drink milk that is made from the seeds of the cannabis plant. These seeds that hemp milk is made from don’t contain any of the psychoactive components of the cannabis plant. There is no THC in hemp milk, so you will not experience any altered state of consciousness at all.

Hemp seeds are rich in protein, fiber, zinc and iron, as well as omega 3 and omega 6 healthy fats. This is why hemp milk is so healthy. 

Fiber is great for our digestion, among other key health elements. We also need to be very careful about iron, as we will notice the symptoms of iron deficiency and they’re not desirable at all. If hemp milk contains these key nutrients, that’s just some examples of the health benefits of hemp milk.

Let’s discuss some of the other benefits of hemp milk in more detail, such as it’s high protein and its healthy fats.

Benefits of Hemp Milk: A Vegan Milk That’s Higher in Protein, and Keto-Friendly with No Carbs

Hemp milk contains more protein than other types of plant-based milks. Hemp milk also is one of the lowest carb milks out there, as it has almost no carbs at all (less than 1 gram of carbs per serving.) 

One glass of an 8-ounce serving of hemp milk contains:

  • 60 Calories
  • 3g Protein
  • 0.5g Carbohydrates
  • 5g of healthy fats
  • Phosphorous: 25% of DV
  • Magnesium: 15% of DV
  • Calcium: 20% of DV

Hemp milk doesn’t really have the same vitamin B12 and Vitamin D benefits of fortified cow’s milk, and it doesn’t contain as much calcium. However, it can be an excellent milk alternative for those with a sensitivity to lactose, or those on a low-carb diet.

It’s tough to find low-carb or carb-free beverages to drink, and hemp milk is certainly one of them.

When you’re grabbing a carton of hemp milk at the grocery store, read the nutritional label and be cautious of hemp milk brands who have added extra sugar, sweeteners or thickeners to their hemp milk, as this will increase the carb and calorie content. 

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Hemp Milk Contains Healthy Fats Your Body Needs

The fat in hemp milk is unsaturated, healthy fats including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids found in hemp milk could help improve your brain health, skin health, heart health, and more.

Your body needs healthy fats like those found in hemp milk, for your body and brain to optimally function. 

Our bodies require a certain amount of fat from our diet to help brain health, memory, hormone function, skin health, bone health, and the absorption of certain nutrients. Fat soluble vitamins, which includes vitamin A, D, E, and K are better absorbed by your body when fat is consumed with them.

20 – 35% of your daily calorie intake should come from fat, but it’s best if it’s mostly healthy fats such as the fat from hemp seeds, chia seeds, edamame, and avocados.

How to Consume Hemp Milk

Vegans often use hemp milk in their coffee, cereal, and in smoothies. You can also use hemp milk when making recipes that call for milk. You can even enjoy a glass of hemp milk on its own. 

Hemp milk tastes good, but not everyone will like the taste. However, if you don’t like the taste of hemp milk, but it does contain the nutritional benefits you’re looking for, you can mask the taste quite easily.

For example, if you make a smoothie with banana, strawberries, vanilla protein powder and hemp milk, you won’t really taste the hemp milk.

Are You Lactose Intolerant, or Genetically Sensitive to Carbs?

It’s possible that due to your genetics, you’re sensitive to carbs and you’re also lactose intolerant. If so, hemp milk could be the perfect milk for you.

You can find out this information about your genetic dietary needs by reading your diet and nutrition reports from your CircleDNA test.

In general, for vegans and those who can’t have dairy, it’s very common to be ‘on the hunt’ for the best vegan milk out there. Now that you’re aware of all the health benefits of hemp milk, you should give it a try and see how you like it.

Erica Gordon
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Erica Gordon is the Managing Editor and Director of Content at Circle Magazine. Erica majored in Psychology at UBC and has since founded The Babe Report and followed her passion for writing and journalism, with a focus on health and travel writing.
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