About two months ago my father and I watched a documentary of reasons why humans don’t need milk to survive and why we also shouldn’t drink it. Aside from milk tasting delicious, it has a bunch of health benefits. Benefits such as, glowing skin, healthy bones and teeth, muscles, weight loss, and an overall healthy body. Milk is also a great source of vitiamins and nutrients. A question that was brought to my attention while watching the video was, do our bodies really need milk?
While watching the documentary they were basically explaining that milk obviously comes from animals, and we are NOT animals. If our bodies really needed the milk, we would produce it. Cows produce milk because it is for their offsprings, not humans. After watching the documentary, I was pretty bummed because I love drinking milk. But, it all made sense because people are lactose intolerant for a reason… Our body isn’t meant to digest milk and other diary products.
When I decided that I shouldn’t drink milk anymore I figured I could find something else that is similar to milk. Through recent research, there were articles I found about hemp milk.
Similar to almond milk (which is another great alternative for milk) hemp milk has a creamy consistency that tends to be a bit thicker than skim milk and other milk alternatives. It’s also got a slightly nutty flavor.
We all know milk does the body good, but… Hemp milk? Which comes to mind is a certain drug- is it still good for you?
Through research, you will NOT get high from drinking hemp milk. Hemp food products such as hemp seeds, hemp protein and hemp milk, come from the Cannibus sativa plant. It is the same plant that marijuana comes from, but when you eat hemp, you’re not getting the “drug” part of the plant, otherwise known as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp producers use plants with less than 0.3 percent THC, while many other producers guarantee their plants have zero percent THC. To make milk, hemp seeds are blended with water and then the mixture is filtered. In other words, you’re not going to be getting stoned on milk.
Hemp seeds are rich in the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid ALA, and several hemp milk companies add additional hemp oil into their hemp beverages so drinkers get the omega-3 benefits. Research shows that getting enough omega-3 fatty acids each day can help keep cholesterol and blood pressure in check. Though the type of omega-3 found in hemp isn’t as easily used by the body as the kind found in fish, studies show that it can still provide benefits.
In addition, if you have milk allergies, lactose intolerance or soy allergies, hemp beverage can be a great alternative; as long as you look for a brand that is fortified with calcium and/or vitamin D and isn’t depending on it as a major source of protein in your diet. One cup serving of hemp milk contains around two grams of protein (compared to 7 grams per cup in soy milk and nearly 9 grams per cup in nonfat cow’s milk).
Trying to watch your waistline? Be sure to stick with the original or unsweetened versions. Vanilla and chocolate hemp milk often have more sugar added, boosting calories to more than a cup of low-fat or skim milk (aim for around 100 calories or less per cup). While unsweetened hemp milk doesn’t contain any added sugar, the original, chocolate and vanilla versions contain brown rice syrup. The chocolate version, for example, contains 23 grams of sugar. Added sugar increases the calorie count of foods, and eating too much added sugar can lead to weight gain. Being overweight can raise your risk of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. Hemp milk is low in saturated fat, with between 0.3 and 1 gram per serving, and watching your intake of saturated fat is one way to reduce your risk of heart disease.
Organic hemp milk may very well be the best alternative for those who either do not like cow’s milk, suffer from lactose intolerance, or are vegans. While the taste of it may be something that you have to adjust to, you might just find that you actually prefer it to any of the other milk products you have tried.