Despite the name, hemp milk is a lot like other plant-based milks in that it’s not really “milk” at all. Hemp milk is derived from soaking, grinding and combining the resultant powdered form with water to form what is essentially “hemp seed juice”. Hemp milk can be fortified with other beneficial nutrients or flavorings, but it is often wholesome and delicious all on its own. Once these hemp seeds have been processed and combined into their new liquid form, hemp milk offers a creamy, rich consistency that can be both very potent in flavor or diluted to be barely noticeable.
One of the drawbacks of many alternative milks is their overbearing flavors. Some people find the tastes of almonds, coconuts or hemp milks to be too overpowering in a dish, smoothie or baked good. What’s more, many people have remarked on hemp’s almost fishy after-taste, although this seems to be very dependent on your personal flavor preferences (don’t worry, there’s no actual fish in this milk!). Others seem to really enjoy the nutty, hempen flavors of hemp milk so this con can easily become a pro depending on your experience.
Hemp milk benefits cover a wide variety of nutritious properties of this plant-based milk. Hemp milk, like other milk alternatives, offers a profile of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates and micronutrients without the issues associated with dairy products (hormones, bad fats, added sugars, etc).
The average cup of hemp milk typically contains:
5-10 grams of healthy fats
2-3 grams of carbohydrates
3-5 grams of protein
On top of these balanced nutritional values, hemp milk is known to offer stable sources of magnesium, calcium, omegas 3 and 6, protein and a variety of essential amino acids.