The 420: 10 things you didn’t know about hemp… milk?!
Everyone knows that in order to build muscle, one needs to consume a lot of protein. But what about the millions of people who are lactose intolerant and must avoid whey?
Dairy alternatives include almond, rice, oat and… hemp milk. Did you know, of all of these, hemp milk contains the most protein? The hemp seed is a nutritional powerhouse – packed with vitamins, minerals and 10 essential amino acids, it also features a balance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Hemp milk contains protein, 50% of the RDA of calcium and is an excellent source of vitamins D, B12 and riboflavin. But there’s more:
Did you know the Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper?
10 Hemp milk will not make you giggle incessantly or fail a drug test.
9 Hemp milk is creamy and delicious with a satisfying “nutty” flavor.
8 The milk is made from de-hulled hemp seed – a nutritional powerhouse packed with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and essential fatty acids.
7 The part of the hemp plant not made into milk has been used for centuries to produce a variety of fabrics and fine quality paper. In fact, many of our founding fathers grew hemp and the Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper.
6 How is a hemp seed more like a fish than a vegetable? Its beneficial ratio of omega 3 to 6 gives it the closest essential fatty acid profile to fish oil than any other vegetable oil.
5 Because of their similar leaf shape, the hemp plant can be confused with marijuana. While both plants are from the same species, hemp contains virtually no THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
4 The hemp seeds used for making hemp milk must be imported, since growing hemp was outlawed in the U.S. in the 1950s.
3 Hemp milk is not only perfectly legal, the omega oils it provides are good for your brain, heart and joints.
2 In addition to being cholesterol and trans fat-free, it’s also hypoallergenic, unlike cow’s milk or some other non-dairy milk alternatives.
1 Hemp milk is not green in color, comes in vanilla and chocolate flavors and goes great with cereal and coffee — or on its own!
For more information: Pacific Natural Foods contributed to this article.
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