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Hemp Milk Compared to Soy, Rice & Almond

Posted Mar 09 2010 11:13am

 I am trying out a new Milk "Hemp Milk" after reading up on it and finding out all of the great stuff it has in comparison to other non-dairy milks. I decided it is a no brainer.


There is one down fall and that is that it is quite pricey. Now that I have also added Coconut water to my grocery list, which is about the same price..up in the 4 to 5 dollar range depending on how many ounces you buy? My vitality continues to rise, but in addition so is my grocery bill. But you know what? If it keeps me out of the doctors office....So What..."I am so worth it!" and so are YOU!

The brand of Hemp milk I purchased this time is Manitoba Harvest it is certified organic and they call it "Hemp Bliss". I of course purchased their unsweetened Original version. I purchased this brand for no particular reason other than it might of been a few pennies less than the other brands that I am sure are probably just as good.

Here is some information I found while researching to share with you;

If you are interested in making your own Raw Hemp Milk then you can click here for regular  Recipe  or check out Earth Bar Noah's Hemp Milk Recipe is awesome!

If you are a Vegan? This is a great way to get your protein; Robin Quivers talks briefly on Hemp milk on the View in the video below.

 What are hemp seeds?

Hemp seeds are the edible part of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa L). They are a tiny, round seed, similar in size to a sesame seed. They have a light, pleasant flavor and taste similar to toasted pine nuts. Hemp seeds can be pressed for oil, milled into a protein powder, roasted or shelled and made into Hemp milk. Hemp seeds have been cultivated as a food for centuries in China, and many countries in Europe and Africa.

Learn about hemp farming in Canada at:

Learn about the status of hemp farming in the United States at:

Does hemp contain THC, similar to drug varieties of Cannabis sativa?

No, hemp contains virtually no THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the psycho-active component found in marijuana. Drug varieties of Cannabis sativa produce 5% to 20% THC. Hemp foods contain 0.00% THC. They are legal and safe to consume. You will not flunk a drug test eating hemp foods. Learn more at:

What are essential fatty acids (EFA's)? Does hemp oil contain them?

The major components of fat are long-chain molecules know as fatty acids. The two fatty acids that the body does not make are called Omega-3 Linolenic Acid and Omega-6 Linoleic Acid. We need to get these "good fats" from food, which is why they are termed Essential.

Hemp oil contains essential fatty acids which are vital for normal growth and development, in particular skin and heart health. Due to the popular misconception that fat is "bad" for the body, many people have adopted a low or no fat diet. Coupled with the widespread consumption of processed and genetically modified foods, many people are showing signs of EFA deficiency. Leading researchers are finding a significant link between diseases affecting the nervous system and EFA deficiency. Supplementation of EFA's is becoming an integral part of complementary medical protocols.

What is the right balance of Omega-3's to Omega-6's for the body?

Nutrition research has indicated that people should look to balance the amount of omegas and lower the ratio in their diet. Hemp seeds provide a naturally occurring balance of 1:3 Omega-3 to Omega-6. The American diet is viewed by many professionals as having too much Omega-6 and not enough omega-3. A typical American diet tends to contain 11 to 30 times more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids. A lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is more desirable for reducing the risk of many of the chronic diseases of high prevalence in Western societies.

What are "Super Omegas"?

Unlike soy, rice, almond or dairy, the Omega-3 and Omega-6's in Hemp milk contain naturally occurring "Super Omega" stearidonic acid (SDA) and gamma linolenic acid (GLA). SDA and GLA are higher metabolites of Omega-3 and 6 respectfully which are more bio-active than the precursor ALA. SDA is a fatty acid that has a "potency" of about 5X greater than ALA. Likewise, GLA is more readily absorbed by the body and helps to improve skin conditions. Not all people convert omega fatty acids optimally due to factors such as age, genetics, diet and lifestyle. Because of factors like these, the body's enzymatic conversion efficiency for some may be as low as 20% which can reduce the effectiveness of essential fatty acids. SDA and GLA are not found in flaxseed, sunflower seed, soybean, pumpkin, canola, corn, almond, walnuts, and hazelnuts. Other sources of SDA are marine oils and other sources of GLA can be found in borage and primrose oils.

How much protein do hemp seeds contain?

Hemp seeds contain 33% pure digestible protein, providing readily available amino acids for building and repairing tissue. Hemp seed protein is comprised of 65% high-quality edestin protein, the most potent protein of any plant source, and 35% albumin protein. The globulin edestin in hemp seed closely resembles the globulin in blood plasma and is compatible with the human digestive system. It is vital to the maintenance of a healthy immune system and it is also used to manufacture antibodies. Albumin is a protein manufactured by the liver and it makes up a large portion of blood plasma protein. Albumin is essential for regulating body fluid in body tissues.

What are essential amino acids (EAAs)? Do hemp seeds contain them?

Amino Acids are the building blocks of proteins. Dietary protein is needed in order to supply amino acids for our body's growth and maintenance. Ten of the twenty amino acids the human body requires are considered essential, meaning the body does not make them. We need to get these Essential amino acids from food. Hemp seeds contain all 10 essential amino acids and high levels of branched-chain amino acids, important for the development of lean body mass, as well as muscular repair. Hemp seeds have significant levels of arginine, histidine, methionine and cysteine, all of which are needed for enzyme production. Arginine and histidine are also necessary for children's growth.

What are the nutritional benefits of Hemp milk vs. dairy and other non-dairy beverages? 

Hemp milk is a delicious soy-free and dairy free beverage made from hemp seeds. It contains Omega-3 & 6 essential fatty acids, all 10 essential amino acids, protein and naturally occurring nutrients like magnesium and iron.

Hemp milk is an excellent source of ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid) Omega-3 fatty acids. One serving of Hemp milk provides about 50% of your daily value of Omega-3 EFA's. In fact, 92% of the fat content in Hemp milk is Omega EFA's. It provides almost 3x the Omega-3's found in the leading soymilk brand, and more than double the Omega-6's. By contrast, almond, rice milk and dairy contain no Omega-3's and less than 100 mg of Omega-6's.

So there you have it in a nutshell!

Yours in Health, Robin

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