Product: Living Harvest Vanilla Hempmilk
Manufacturer: Living Harvest
The Position: perfectly simple foods that build health and wellness
Ingredients: Hemp Nut Base (Filtered Water, Hemp Nut [Shelled Hemp Seed]), Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Natural Vanilla With Other Natural Flavors, Tricalcium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Sea Salt, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Riboflavin, Vitamin B12
Nutritional breakdown: 110 calories per 240ml, 12g carb (9g sugar); 6g fat (0.5 saturated, 4.5g polyunsaturated: 2600mg omega-6, 800mg omega-3, 800mg of GLA); 1g protein
Analysis: Hempmilk is a great alternative to cow’s milk. Hemp is a food that is becoming more recognized for its impressive nutritional profile. Hemp, and therefore hempmilk, is a great source of the essential fats omega-6 and omega-3 not to mention complete hemp protein.
Essential fats are those that must be obtained from the diet as the body is unable to produce these itself and as the name suggests, are necessary for life. For optimum health, omega-6 and omega-3 fats ideally should be eaten in a ratio of about 4:1, but because corn and sunflower/safflower seed oils are predominant in our food supply, the ratio is closer to 15-20:1.
There is evidence that this imbalance contributes to heart disease and possibly cancer because too many omega-6 fats can promote inflammation. Before seed (sunflower, safflower and grape) and grain (corn) oils were introduced into the food supply, we ate a lot less omega-6s because they are less concentrated in whole foods and are naturally found in a better balance with other fats like omega-3s and monounsaturated fats.
Hemp is unique however because it provides omega-6 and omega-3 fats naturally in the golden ratio of 3-4:1.
Hempmilk is also a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is very similar to the healthy fat, EPA, found in fish. GLA helps to decrease inflammation and research supports its beneficial role in heart disease, arthritis and skin conditions like psoriasis.
Because this beverage is fortified, it is also a good source of calcium, vitamins A, B2 and B12, and phosphorus and naturally has vitamin E and magnesium. It comes in a variety of flavours besides vanilla including chocolate, strawberry and natural flavour.
Hempmilk virgins should be warned that hempmilk is not sweet nor does it taste like soy or rice beverage, the taste might take first-timers off guard but it’s hardly a hard sell, I’m confident that almost everyone can learn to love it. Remember, no one like the taste of wine, beer or coffee on the go around!
Alternative: unfortified hemp milk
Take it or leave it: this is a great alternative to cow’s milk
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