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Food Review: Hempmilk

If you're trying to watch your saturated fat and cholesterol intake, then you may be into milk alternatives. Soy milk and rice milk have been around for a while, and when I went to pick some up, I saw a new kind on the shelf. Living Harvest Hempmilk. I was curious to try it since hemp seeds seem to be the latest health buzz because the seeds are high in protein and contain a well-balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. These are the healthy fats our bodies need to sustain heart health, mental acuity, strong immune system, and glowing skin. This Hempmilk is soy free, cholesterol free, vegan, gluten free, and contains no cane sugar.

OK, so this Hempmilk sounds healthy, but to see how it compares to other dairy alternatives and what I think about the taste,


Here's the nutritional info of 1 cup of vanilla-flavored dairy alternative milk.

Calories 130 160 130
Total Fat 3g 3g 2.5g
Saturated Fat .5g .5g 0g
Omega-3 900mg 220mg
Omega-6 2800mg 550mg
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg 0mg
Sodium 120mg 90mg 105mg
Carbs 20g 25g 27g
Fiber 1g less than 1g 0g
Sugars 18g 16g 12g
Protein 4g 7g 1g
Ingredients Filtered Water, Whole Hemp Nut (shelled hemp seed), Brown Rice Syrup, Natural Vanilla with Other Natural Flavors, Disodium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Calcium Phosphate, Vitamin A, Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12, Riboflavin. Purified Water, Organic Soybeans, Naturally Malted Organic Wheat and Barley Extract, Vanilla Extract, Calcium Carbonate, Kombu Seaweed, Sea Salt Filtered Water, Brown Rice (partially milled), Expeller Pressed High Oleic Safflower Oil, Natural Vanilla Flavor With Other Natural Flavors, Sea Salt.

As you can see, the Hempmilk has an outstanding amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It doesn't have as much protein as the soy milk, but it definitely has more than the rice milk.

As for taste? When I poured it into the glass, I've got to be honest — it was thicker than I was expecting, so I was a little nervous to try it. When I took a sip, the thickness actually complemented the vanilla flavor, and reminded me of a healthy vanilla milkshake. It was very similar to the consistency of soy milk, and it went down smooth without the grainy or bitter aftertaste that some milk alternatives have. Even though it's slightly higher in sodium and sugars than the soy and rice milk, I'd definitely buy this again.

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