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Hemp Milk: Why It’s Better Than Low-Fat

By on July 10, 2013
Hemp milk can be made at home using a blender.

Hemp milk can be made at home using a blender. – The choice between low-fat and whole milk seems obvious for those concerned about weight gain, but many fail to consider the alternatives.

One of these alternatives is hemp milk – a simple blend of hemp seeds and water which is so nutritious that calling it milk seems like an understatement. And while still relatively new to the health food market, hemp milk is quickly becoming popular as a dietary staple.

But little do most know, among the many reasons for choosing hemp milk – it contains no sugar, gluten, soy or animal byproducts – its real advantage is in the fat content.

Earlier this month, the debate over fat in milk heated up when two researchers from Harvard Medical School, Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Walter Willett, published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association questioning the accuracy of federal guidelines. Specifically, they were unimpressed by the government’s recommendation of low-fat as a healthier alternative to whole milk.

After reviewing the findings of prior studies, they were unable to find evidence in support of federal claims. Instead, they suggested that “people compensate or overcompensate for the lower calorie content of reduced fat milk by eating more of other foods.”

Dr. Ludwig summarized his findings to The Boston Globe:

“We just don’t see any benefit for focusing on reducing fat.”

So perhaps low-fat is no better than whole, but where does hemp milk fit into all this?

David Ludwig, MD,PhD is an expert on obesity

David Ludwig, MD,PhD is an expert on obesity

Unfortunately, that brings up another debate on saturated verses unsaturated fats. But long story short, whether or not saturated fats are as bad for you as made out to be, the fact is that many of us now try our best to avoid them.

Here’s the good news. Hemp milk is not only rich in fat, but rich in unsaturated fats – which are often just called the “good” fats.

The average glass of hemp milk contains 900 mg of omega-3 fats and 2800mg of omega-6 fats, both of which are considered good fats. What’s more, the 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is in line with what most diet experts consider ideal. Sadly, the ratio of these fats in the average Western diet is something more like 16:1.

Cow’s milk, on the other hand, contains mostly saturated fats. Many government organizations – including the World Health Organization – maintain that saturated fats increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Obesity has also been linked to diets rich in saturated fats.

Whether substituting hemp milk for cow’s milk can reduce your chances of heart disease or obesity is still anyone’s guess, since no such study has ever been done. However, it contains many of the same essential nutrients as cow’s milk – including protein, vitamin D, and calcium – making it an easy switch.

And with the recent revelation that low-fat milk might not be as great as the government says it is, there has never been more reason to give hemp milk a try.

  • Brown Sugar

    Wish we could get this in Tennessee

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  • Hemp Out

    Suck it up all you fat phobic dairy guzzlers…. low fat dogma itself is only about 25 years old… times are changing… fats are the new norm!! Hemp is the best milk on this earth!!