Is the milk you drink toxic?
Chances are if you consume dairy milk, you're drinking a beverage that does your body few favors. A recent British medical study concluded that cow's milk may contribute to the risk of human mortality. This same study states that dairy milk may increase the risk of bone fractures in women.
There are several alternatives to cow's milk, but the latest and greatest on the US market is organic hemp milk.
Check out these 12 wonderful benefits of this nutritious dairy substitute.
1. Contains Essential Nutrients And Vitamins
If you're worried that switching to organic hemp milk might deprive you of essential nutrients, think again.
Not only is hemp milk lower in calories and sugar than dairy milk (about 101 calories per serving), but it's also chock-full of vitamins and minerals that benefit your diet on a daily basis.
Vitamins in hemp milk include:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin D
This rich alternative to cow's milk also includes minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, riboflavin, magnesium, and zinc.
2. Keeps Bones And Heart Healthy
Organic hemp milk is a rich source of calcium and potassium, both of which strengthen the bones and heart respectively.
Calcium works wonders in terms of reinforcing bone structure, especially as you get older. Potassium, in conjunction with sodium, helps balance your circulatory system and regulate kidney function.
Additionally, hemp milk contains magnesium and potassium, which, combined help regulate blood pressure.
3. Strengthens The Immune System
What do you do when you feel a cold coming on?
Chances are, you stock up on citrus fruits and over-the-counter immune system boosters. Keep the fruit, but ditch the meds. Gulp down a glass of organic hemp milk instead.
In fact, if you make it a habit to indulge in a daily serving of this natural creamy goodness, you might not find yourself fighting the sniffles every cold and flu season.
4. Available In Different Flavors
Are you still guilt-ridden over that glass of chocolate milk you glugged a day ago despite your dietary restrictions?
If you switch to hemp milk, you can have all the chocolate milk you want -- without feeling bad about cheating on your diet.
Though it was introduced recently, hemp milk has already made quite a splash in American grocery store aisles.
Unsweetened organic hemp milk is recommended for optimal nutrition. Still, it is also available sweetened and in the flavors of chocolate and vanilla.
The popular flavors may make this milk more appealing to children, especially if they are used to cow's milk that is plain-tasting and creamy.
If you like flavored beverages, you can even add chocolate or vanilla hemp seed milk to your coffee. This yields a unique mocha-like caffeinated concoction that bears a nutty undertone.
5. Gluten And Soy-Free
Did you know that 1 out of 8 Americans is vegan?
Furthermore, about 33 percent of Americans are lactose intolerant. The number of Americans subscribing to a gluten-free diet is on the rise as well.
If you belong to any of the above criteria, you can safely incorporate hemp milk into your diet. It's gluten and lactose-free.
Since hemp milk is deemed a nutrient-rich dairy alternative, it is a wise substitute for your vegan children as well. You can stick to a vegan diet with your entire family without worrying that your kids are deprived of the nutritional value of cow's milk in terms of growth and development.
6. Does Not Contain THC
Do you associate the term "hemp" with recreational marijuana?
Chances are when you think of hemp, you think of the plant used as a recreational drug containing Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It's time to get rid of this common association.
Hemp products, including organic hemp milk, are produced from hempseeds. It's completely safe to ingest this milk without worrying that by doing so, you're unintentionally consuming THC as well.
7. Promotes Beauty
Did you ever think to drink milk to improve your complexion or strengthen your nails?
Dairy milk is not your go-to beverage for this feat.
In fact, dietitians and researchers agree that if dairy is included in your diet, you can expect skin that is blotchy, oily, and not very clear.
Dairy cows are often in gestation when their milk is harvested. This causes dairy products to be full of hormones that transfer directly to you, resulting in oily skin and hair.
Organic hemp milk, by contrast, can boost your beauty regimen. Hemp milk is rich in vitamin A, which is credited with restoring and maintaining skin cells. Vitamin A helps your body produce collagen, a skin-smoothing agent that reduces wrinkles and helps your skin maintain that healthy, pinkish glow.
Hemp milk also has plenty of Vitamin D, which strengthens hair and nails. Drink a glass of this dairy milk alternative on a daily basis to take in 25 percent of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin D.
8. Can Be A Cosmetic Ingredient
Since drinking hemp seed milk can improve your natural beauty, you should try using it in your topical cosmetics as well.
Making your own hemp milk body scrubs and face masks is easy:
- Use a cup of pure cane sugar as a base for your scrub.
- Add three teaspoons of hemp seed or jojoba oil into the sugar, taking care to stir in each spoonful.
- Add a teaspoon of unsweetened, organic hemp milk to the mixture, and stir again.
- Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix.
- Stir vigorously until well-blended.
Not a do-it-yourself kind of person? Don't worry. You can just as easily purchase hemp seed body products.
9. Can Be Made At Home
Though hemp milk is available at health food stores across the country, making it yourself is simple enough. When you make your own, you'll know how your milk was made from start to finish, and you can control how sweet and flavorful it is.
Follow this recipe for delicious, raw milk made in minutes:
- 1 cup hulled hemp seeds
- 3 cups water
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- 3 teaspoons of maple syrup (optional)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
- Blend seeds, water and the rest of the ingredients in a blender on high for 3 minutes or until seeds are ground to a somewhat smooth consistency.
- Use a cheesecloth or milk bag to strain the blended mixture
This recipe should yield about 2.5 cups of milk.
10. Can Be Used For Composting
What can you do with the ground seeds from your homemade milk mixture?
You can add it to your compost. Hempseeds and hemp milk both make for nutritious plant food. Add all hemp leftovers to your compost heap and watch your plants grow strong and rich in essential nutrients like Vitamin E.
11. Hemp Milk Dangers
Good news! There are NO DANGERS to Hemp Milk!!!. You WILL NOT GET HIGH OR FAIL A DRUG TEST.
- hemp milk is non-GMO
- safe for people who are allergic to ground and tree nuts
- safe for kids to take to school
- great for infants and pregnant moms
- you won't get high from hemp milk
- whole hemp seeds and is rich in high-quality plant protein, healthy fats and minerals.
- provides the perfect ratios of Omega 6 and Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
- perfect nutrition for seniors
- nutty, yummy flavor with creamy texture
12. Hemp Milk VS. Marijuana
Hemp and Marijuana (MJ) are not the same plant.
Hemp food and body care products -- like hemp milk, hemp seeds, hemp soap and hemp lotion -- come from Hemp, the Cannabis Sativa plant, which is a cousin to the MJ Cannabis plant.
The MJ Cannabis Sativa plant contains the psychoactive, "drug," otherwise known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Confused? We like to use this Dog Analogy.
Think of Hemp and the MJ plant with as two different and adorable dogs: a Siberian Husky (working dog group) and a Pug (toy group).
The Siberian Husky (Hemp Plant) and the Pug (MJ plant) are both dogs, but they have different and wonderful qualities and purposes.
Husky's (Hemp) are working dogs whose jobs are to assist their humans, pull sleds, etc. Pugs (MJ) are lap dogs bred to bring pleasure and comfort to their humans.
The Hemp plant (Husky) has been helping out humans for more than 10,000 years and has more than 50,000 uses. The entire Hemp plant is beneficial to people and animals. Hemp stalks are used to create paper, fabric, rope, building materials, etc. Hemp seeds are used to create milk, food, animal feed, fuel and fiber.
The MJ (Pug) plant's flowers are used for medicine and recreation.
Did that clear things up?
Learn More About Organic Hemp Milk
With hempseeds, the possibilities for a healthy, organic lifestyle are endless. From organic hemp milk to snacks to coffee, hemp seeds are a common theme.
Are you curious about the many ways in which hempseeds can be used to make some of the healthiest products on the market? Contact us to get more familiar with the world of hemp.