Nutrition

HEMP MILK

This groovy beverage is made by blending hemp seeds with water to produce a drink with a distinctive earthy-nutty flavor that can take a little bit of getting used to. Rest assured that imbibing hemp milk won't cause you to fail a drug test—it contains virtually none of the psychoactive ingredient THC found in marijuana. That's why it's legal for sale even in states where marijuana is not legalized.


 

PROS

Hemp milk delivers higher levels of omega-3 fat than other nondairy drinks. While the omega-3s present in fatty fish like salmon are more potent, plant-sourced omega-3 fats such as those in hemp can also work to improve the health of your ticker. This also makes hemp milk a good option for vegans looking for non-meat sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Hemp milk is also a dietary source of iron, which is absent in cow's milk. Required for delivering oxygen to muscles and brain cells, iron is necessary to keep your energy levels up on the gym floor and prevent brain fog. Unlike soy, hemp is never genetically modified, and it's an option for those who need to avoid common allergens like nuts, dairy, soy, or gluten.

CONS

A major pitfall of nondairy milks like hemp is that they can be weighed down by added sugars, including rice syrup and cane sugar. This is in contrast to the naturally occurring sugar (lactose) present in true milk. And this added sweet stuff could put your six-pack on ice.

Several studies have found a positive association between greater intakes of sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain and obesity in both children and adults.4,5 So strike back by opting only for cartons labelled "unsweetened" for a purer product. Even drinks labelled "original" can include added sweeteners.

While whole hemp seeds are an excellent source of complete plant-based protein, hemp milk like most of the others here is slim on protein. It supplies 75 percent less than that found in the liquid squirted from udders.

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