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Hemp seeds 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

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.

hemp milk label

  • 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 10% fat.

  • It has 120 mg of sodium in a 130-calorie serving. That is fine, no problem.

  • 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:

hemp milk ingredients
There are several questionable ingredients:
  • brown rice syrup
  • disodium phosphate
  • xanthan gum
  • calcium phosphate
  • vitamin A palmitate
The 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 foods. 

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 hemp seed milk, but we won't be using this one.
soy milk

If you are not allergic to soy, consider using WestSoy Unsweetened soy milk. Here is 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.

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