contain a lot of omega 3 fats. Should we use hemp milk?
One of the most exotic milk substitutes is hemp milk. Is it a better
choice for our cereal than soy milk? If so, maybe we could even skip
the ground flax seeds. Let's read the label on the carton and see if it
is a healthy product. If you want to learn how to do this
yourself, here is
a short course in how to read nutrition labels.
Living Harvest Hemp Milk
This is the only brand we found in our natural food
store. The package says it is a balanced source of omega 3 and 6 fats.
Ignore the information on the front of the package. Head
straight for the Nutrition Facts label on the back.
- This milk contains 30 fat calories in a serving
of 130 calories. It is
30/130 or 23% fat. For a good weight loss product, we would like to see
it close to
- It has 120 mg of sodium in a 130-calorie
serving. That is fine, no
- There is only 1 g of fiber in a serving. It
would be better if there were 3 or 4 grams. Let's
look at the ingredient list and see what is in the milk:
There are several questionable ingredients:
brown rice syrup is just another form of sugar, and sugar is empty
calories. It is better to get used to an unsweetened milk. The next
three items are assorted emulsifiers and thickening agents. It is good
that Living Harvest did not use carrageenan as a thickener. Still,
these alternative ingredients are chemicals, not whole natural
- brown rice syrup
- disodium phosphate
- xanthan gum
- calcium phosphate
- vitamin A palmitate
Here is a
summary of the things we want and don't want in a milk substitute.
Vitamin A palmitate is one of the ingredients we try to avoid. In
general, we also prefer a product that does not contain added vitamins
and minerals, except for vitamin B12. We liked the idea of a
seed milk, but we won't be using this one.
If you are not allergic to soy, consider using WestSoy Unsweetened soy
the nutrition information on this natural soy milk.
It is made of healthy whole food ingredients. It is quite high
in fat. Put it on your cereal, but don't use it as a beverage.
For an inexpensive option, use our easy rice milk recipe to
blend your own low fat rice milk.