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What's the buzz about hemp milk

FIT Staff
Jul 10, 2013

Q: I recently saw hemp milk in the grocery store. What is hemp milk?

A: Hemp "milk" is a beverage that is made by blending hemp seeds in water and then filtering the liquid from the solids, much like how almond milk is made, according to Angela Brickner, registered nurse at Firelands.

It has a nutty flavor like almond milk and a creamy consistency.

Hemp milk is gaining popularity similar to other dairy alternatives including soy, almond, rice and coconut milks.

Many people are choosing a vegan diet or are lactose intolerant or do not consume dairy products and this is just one of the many alternatives to cow’s milk.

Hemp seeds come from a specific variety of the cannabis plant.

Many people have the misconception that all hemp plants are the illegal cannabis (marijuana), but they are not all the same, kind of like a house spider is not the same as a black widow spider.

As a matter of fact, ‘marijuana’ cannabis has to be specifically cultivated to have high concentrations of the mind-altering chemical in the marijuana plant called THC.

Hemp is not grown in the US, but is grown legally in many other countries including Canada where most of the hemp products sold in the U.S. are imported from. It is very disease resistant and has been used for many things for centuries including rope, paper, fabric, and its seeds for food.

So, why the buzz?

People are discovering the health benefits of hemp seeds that rival flax seed, quinoa and soy.

The plants are also disease resistant so it takes fewer pesticides to maintain quality (organic uses no pesticides).

 

In some studies, hemp seeds have been shown to help improve immunity by increasing the amount of globulin protein the body needs. The seeds are high in protein, have the correct 3:1 omega fatty acid balance, and have 20 amino acids including all nine of the essential amino acids.

There are many hemp food products, such as tempt (hemp milk) that are on the market and sold in stores. They are typically found in health food stores like Whole Foods, but some major retailers are now selling limited hemp products.

Many of the processed packaged varieties may have several added ingredients including natural thickeners, vitamins and minerals. If you want just simple hemp milk you can make your own:

1 cup shelled hemp seeds (you can find them at health food stores or order them online)

5-6 cups filtered water (use less water for thicker consistency, more water for thinner consistency)

OPTIONAL: Honey, agave or real maple syrup (add a small amount of either of these for a slightly sweeter taste)

Blend the ingredients at a high speed thoroughly in a blender until creamy

Strain the liquid through cheesecloth or a straining cloth into a bowl and then into a sealed container. Refrigerate for up to three days; it will separate so you will have to shake well before using.

 

Comments

Centauri

"Many people have the misconception that all hemp plants are the illegal cannabis (marijuana), but they are not all the same, kind of like a house spider is not the same as a black widow spider.

As a matter of fact, ‘marijuana’ cannabis has to be specifically cultivated to have high concentrations of the mind-altering chemical in the marijuana plant called THC."

Big Pharma, government, DEA, prisons, attorneys, law enforcement and others don't want the truth to be known about the difference of hemp and marijuana. It's all about money and job security. Hemp has many uses and the seed is valuable for health benefits and as a food. Shelled hemp seed is very expensive, about $1 or more per ounce. That is too expensive to make hemp seed milk.

Think about all of the jobs that could be created in the USA if hemp was grown and processed in this country. Also think about all of the health benefits of raw hemp seed. Whole hemp seed is also an excellent source of fiber. Unfortunately, the hemp seed is roasted before it can be imported so that it cannot be germinated. That high heat destroys many of the oils and health benefits of whole hemp seed.

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"Hemp HeartsTM (shelled hemp seeds) - raw shelled hemp seed is one of nature's perfect foods - a Super Food. This is one of the most potent foods available, supporting optimal health and well being, for life. Raw hemp provides a broad spectrum of health benefits, including: weight loss, increased and sustained energy, rapid recovery from disease or injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation, improvement in circulation and immune system as well as natural blood sugar control."

Big Pharma doesn't want people to be well. Pills do not cure illnesses but only treat the symptoms. Big Pharma needs sick people so that they can push their expensive pills. Those pills cause many side effects. More pills are sold to treat those side effects and these pills cause more side effects and more pills are pushed to treat those side effects.

The DEA needs job security so they fight to keep hemp illegal.

Attorneys need clients, more law enforcement is needed and the prison industry needs more inmates.

Use the internet to find out the truth and uncover the lies about the hemp plant.

Centauri

"Strain the liquid through cheesecloth or a straining cloth into a bowl and then into a sealed container."

A 32 ounce French coffee press is very useful. I use mine for my morning coffee and use much less coffee grounds. I can also get more coffee by using 1/2 the hot water and using the same grounds for a second brew for more coffee. Also a French coffee press doesn't absorb the oils of coffee like drip paper filters do. You get the full, true flavor of coffee.

A French coffee press is also great for brewing various teas from loose tea or plants. I use a French coffee press for my alcohol based plant tinctures and medicines.

I noticed that the SR health news stories do not show if any comments were posted. Also I had to log in twice to post comments in the health news stories.

Get a French coffee press as they are very useful for coffee, teas and teas made from plants. You really don't have to take the plunger and screens apart for cleaning. Just rinse off the whole plunger assembly.

http://coffee.gurus.net/how-to/u...

I use much less coffee with my 32 ounce French coffee press. Get a cheap Hot Pot for hot water or use a 32 ounce Pyrex measuring cup for hot water in a microwave oven. The Hot Pot will heat faster and use much less electricity. I use my Hot Pot for hard boiled eggs also.