Globally, humans show staggering percentages of lactose intolerance, that vary by geographic region and ethnicity. On continents like Asia and Africa, the percentages of lactose intolerance run close to 100%, with North America varying between about 25-80% depending on the ethnicity. That averages to roughly 60 million Americans. With stats like those, it’s no wonder why so many manufacturers are creating milk alternatives, though they come with their own set of drawbacks. For example, milk alternatives like soy milk, cashew milk, coconut milk and almond milk are not suitable for those who suffer from nut, tree nuts, and soy allergies. Likewise, with the adoption of low carb lifestyles, milk alternatives like oat milk and rice milk are less likely to be consumed by those who live by the keto credo. Further, with gluten and wheat intolerances running rampant, cross-contamination can happen frequently in those factories and lead to other issues.
So, why not consider hemp milk?
Hemp milk is exactly what it states: “milk” derived from the hemp plant, particularly through its seeds. It is created from the whole seed and is used as a milk alternative for consistency and taste. The drink is very rich in plant protein, has the right amount of healthy fats (omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids), and is also rich in vitamins and minerals. In fact, hemp has more protein and healthy fats than other milk alternatives like almond milk and rice milk. For plant-based lifestyles, this drink is key, though the benefits are for everyone. Hemp milk can help protect your heart from ailments like heart disease (thanks to a component called arginine), and has been known to help rejuvenate the skin. With the amino acid arginine in particular, the body can also release nitric oxide which in turn keeps blood pressure within a healthy range. It is low in calories (less than 100 calories in a cup), low carb (about 1.3 carbs per cup), and is easily digestible by the body.
In fact, hemp has more protein and healthy fats than other milk alternatives like almond milk and rice milk.
You can make hemp milk at home by blending pure seeds and straining them, or purchasing pre-made hemp milk at most stores. With the latter, there are usually more vitamins added (like Vitamins A, B12, and D, along with calcium and phosphorous), but also be on the lookout for added sugars. Hemp milk can also be purchased as unsweetened. It’s perfect for things like cereal, smoothies, coffees and teas, but also just consumed on its own as its taste has been described as rich and nutty (but again, nut free).
In a world where lactose intolerance continues to grow and plant-based lifestyles are the growing trend, hemp milk is the drink of the future. Have a glass!