Green-minded people may cringe when thinking about the heavy ecological footprint of their dairy milk habit. Milk now has more non-dairy alternatives than ever, including its quieter cousin, hemp milk.
Hemp milk has steadily become more mainstream in recent years and is now available at many regular supermarkets. The seeds of the hemp plant do not contain THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The drink looks and tastes similar to dairy milk but is made by blending hemp seeds and water and straining out the pulp. The result is a creamy, protein-rich beverage with a nutty flavor that tastes great on its own or mixed in coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Non-allergenic, it’s a healthy alternative for those with an intolerance for dairy, nuts, soy, or gluten.
Hemp seeds are often described as a “superfood.” Why? Hemp milk’s nutritional profile is remarkable. It contains 10 essential amino acids and is a powerful source of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp milk is low in saturated fat, high in fiber, and cholesterol free. Packaged hemp milk is also fortified with calcium and additional vitamins.
Hemp is easily grown in most types of soils and climates and can thrive without the use of chemicals or pesticides, making it an ideal food source. A sustainable crop, it is a fast-growing plant and exceptionally efficient at capturing carbon dioxide and replenishing soil.
According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, dairy milk production in the UK exceeds 13 billion litres annually. Milk derived from the hemp plant offers a more ecological alternative, especially when you factor in the full force of pasteurization, packaging, pollution, shipping, feed, manure and other industrial waste on the environment.
What are you waiting for? Go grab yourself a glass of hemp milk and let us know what you think!