Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Milk Alternative: Hemp Milk

As part of the GFCF (gluten free-casein free) diet our family follows, we have searched for a healthy alternative to cow's milk that we enjoy.  In our search, we discovered hemp milk which is made from the hemp seed; the milk contains no THC (the psychoactive substance in marijuana). 

One 8-Ounce glass generally contains the following nutrients:
900 mg Omega-3 Fatty Acids, 2800 mg Omega-6 Fatty Acids, All 10 Essential Amino Acids, 4 Grams of Digestible Protein, over 40% of RDA of Calcium, Vitamin D, and many other nutrients.

We choose to use hemp milk for several reasons.  I like that it has omega fatty acids, all 10 essential amino acids, and is a moderate source of protein.  Soy proteins are often difficult for individuals to digest, and are one of the 3 top food allergies/intolerances.  Also, hemp protein does not contain phytates, enzyme inhibitors found in some soy protein that can interfere with the absorption of essential minerals.  I also like the creaminess of the hemp milk; some milk alternatives can be almost watery. 

Now, I must say, we don't drink it out of the glass.  But we do like to use it in homemade ice cream (combined with coconut milk) and in fruit/protein powder smoothies.  The creaminess of it makes it nice to use in cooking (e.g., pumpkin pie, nondairy macaroni and "cheese").

Everyone is certainly different, and we each have our own digestive needs.  While you are investigating what might work for you, you may wish to consider hemp milk.  There are  many brands out there; investigate which works best for you.  We are able to buy the milk at our local grocery store in the health food section, but it is also available for order online.