But now times have changed and our grocery stores and food markets are flooded with plant-based alternatives to cow milk. You can walk down the diary isle and find yourself staring right in the face of soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut and -yes- hemp milk. And consumers can’t get enough. Their thirst for low calorie, low sugar alternatives to regular cow milk is boosting these plant-based milks to new and exciting heights.
Milk alternatives only make up about 8% of milk sales in the US, but during the past few years, they’ve represented the fastest growing part of the dairy industry. The sales of the milk alternatives climbed to a staggering $2 billion in 2013, up 30% since 2011, and driven largely by the popularity of almond milk. Any of these plant-based alternatives are a gift from above to people with food allergies who seek a tasty and healthy alternative. According to eh National Institute of Health, 12% of Americans suffer from lactose intolerance. Then there are the health nuts who, and rightfully so, believe these milk alternatives are just better for the body.
Especially hemp milk.
Hemp milk is made from hemp seed, and can be a great source of calcium and protein, which makes this option the best when it comes to giving our children a healthy alternative to regular milk. It contains essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6, which help build healthy cells in the body and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Hemp seed oil has already been hailed as a “miracle cure” by parents of children who need the treatment for seizure disorders, so it’s no surprise that the same hemp seeds used to make these milk alternatives are being praised by some parents as well. But don’t fret, hemp milk is great for adults as well. Hemp milk is a good choice for cappuccinos and lattes because it froths better than any other plant-based variety. It’s light, creamy, and delicious as well.
Hemp Milk nutrition facts:
Fat, 3 grams
Protein, 5 grams
Sugar, 0 grams
Calcium, 30 percent of RDA
Vitamin D, 30 percent of RDA
Other great benefits: vitamins A, B12 and E, phosphorus, magnesium, riboflavin.
So the next time you’re searching for that great milk alternative, or just curious about the taste or health benefits of hemp milk, go grab yourself a carton or bottle and enjoy!