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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.

Join The Conversation
AbigailSwPeaLily AbigailSwPeaLily 9 years
I am sorry but I refuse to not eat something that contains Disodium Phosphate. That simply does not sound right. I know some chemistry and this does not belong there. I don't like that the hemp milk has this added. I have not ever liked Soy milk. I am going to buy some hemp seeds and press and/ or soak them; then I'll have fresh hemp milk. :)
HappyKate HappyKate 9 years
I am totaly going to try this...if I can find it that is!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Never had it...
emalove emalove 9 years
I've never tried this!
greentea14 greentea14 9 years
yay sounds great !!! cannot wait to try it :)
pluckyred pluckyred 9 years
I recommend this brand. I tried another brand before this one (forget which, but it was a Canadian brand) and didn't like it.
sldc sldc 9 years
I will definitely try this soon!
Hannah426 Hannah426 9 years
I'm not a big milk/milkshake fan...I dunno if I would like this or not.
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 9 years
I'm looking for something that will be good steamed - to me, soy milk steamed is just NASTY. So nasty, in fact, I'm afraid to steam rice milk. Maybe this will be good...
rpenner rpenner 9 years
Wow, never would have thought of Hemp Milk but I'm definitely going to give this a try!
akshu akshu 9 years
I love hemp milk, especially the living harvest brand (haven't tried any other). Use it in smoothies and in my ezekiel cereal! :)
secrethoughts secrethoughts 9 years
Wow, I had heard of this and thought it sounded kind of weird, but the high omega 3 content is enough to make me consider it...although to be honest, it will be hard to permanently tear me from my vanilla soy.
nancita nancita 9 years
Interesting. I've never heard of hemp milk but it looks good; I bet the thickness would make it great on cereal. That is nuts about the omega-3s!
marcella marcella 9 years
I love hemp seeds (seriously, I bought a five pound bag just yesterday). I am intrigued by hemp milk and will definitely try it!
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Hey Fit, can you complement your reviews with prices? thanks
Punkingirl Punkingirl 9 years
I LOOOOVVVEE Hemp Milk. It is much thicker than most other milks. It's great to use in making steel cut oats...makes them really creamy. I've only ever tried the Living Harvest kind. But again, it's really good! Also, correct me if I'm wrong but I think one eight ounce glass gives you 50% DV of calcium!
jamiedynamite jamiedynamite 9 years
i need to try this!
CestlavieSJP CestlavieSJP 9 years
I love rice millk, but have never seen this at my local Whole Foods or else I would have tried it (if only to test out a_mama's point).
ChicaCity ChicaCity 9 years
a_mama, that's so funny! That's always what I think about whenever I see anything with hemp in it as well. I'll have to give this a try, not a fan of soy milk...
a_mama a_mama 9 years
I am not a fan of soy milk, but you won me over with the milkshake comparison. I can't even drink skim milk straight up, but I will try this for my cereal, and will see if my kids like it. Now they just need to make some Potmilk and let me start my morning out a little mellower! LOL
steviasweet steviasweet 9 years
I just blend hemp seeds and water, then store the mixture in the fridge. I shake it up before serving-great on cereal. For something different I'll add some carob powder or rooibos tea into the mix. Got these ideas from "The Thrive Diet."
globalhemp globalhemp 9 years
The Living Harvest brand hemp milk is most similar to soy milk. The only other brand on the market is Hemp Bliss. I prefer the taste of Living Harvest over Hemp Bliss. That's why we stock Living Havest in the Global Hemp Store over Hemp Bliss. However, I will say that Hemp Bliss Vanilla is better in the sense that it tastes like melted vanilla ice cream. Hemp Bliss hemp milk is organic, Living Harvest hemp milk is not. Hemp Bliss also recently announced a sugar-free hemp milk that's also organic.
jjlyn jjlyn 9 years
i really like nut milk like Almond Breeze...the unsweetened vanilla flavor has only 40 calories per cup. yummy and healthful :)
andrennabird andrennabird 9 years
It's not thaaaat thick! I thought soy milk was thick when I first tried it, too. I thought it might have a weird taste because it's made from hemp, but it really didn't. Give it a try!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Sounds kind of good, especially if you're used to thicker, higher fat milk.
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