Hemp milk > whatever you've been drinking
Hemp milk
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Did you know you can use hemp milk in everything from homemade ice cream and biscuits to sauce and frosting? This creamy milk tastes nutty and rich, but it's more subtle than coconut milk or soy milk. Here's what makes this dairy-free beverage an excellent alternative to cow's milk and even other plant-based milks.

It's safe.

First things first: Even though hemp plants and marijuana plants hail from the same species, hemp seeds contain almost no trace of the chemical that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. So, even if you drink an excessive amount of hemp milk, you'll neither get high nor fail a drug test.

Also, hemp milk is safe for people with tree nut allergies, giving it an edge over almond milk. People with soy allergies will appreciate that hemp milk shares its thick consistency. Homemade hemp milk is compliant with vegan, paleo, and keto diets. Not to mention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates hemp products.

It's healthy.

Now let's talk benefits. Hemp seeds boast heart-healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats, a modest amount of fiber, and an amino acid profile similar to egg whites. About 25 percent of the calories in hemp seeds come from protein. When you eat just three tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds, you're getting 14g fat (most of which comes from omega-3s and omega-6s), 2g fiber, and 10g of protein. These tiny seeds also pack in a dose of magnesium and iron.

It's good for the environment.

Hemp is a very sustainable crop. It takes less water to produce than almond and cow's milk, and it doesn't need herbicides or pesticides to grow.

It's easy to make yourself.

You can make homemade hemp milk with just hemp seeds, water, and a pinch of salt in less than five minutes. Not to mention, you don't have to strain it. Making hemp milk at home gives you the advantage of being able to choose how thick you want it to be.

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