Just a short addendum to my Milk Alternatives for Children Post.
Hemp milk, how could I forget Hemp milk? It has become increasingly popular here in the UK with most big supermarkets selling it now. How does Hemp Milk compare to the other alternative milks? I looked at Good Hemp Original Longlife Milk and it compares pretty favourably with the other alternatives.
The values per 100ml are as follows.
Calories 39.2kcal, fat 2.5g (of which 0.2g of saturated fat), Sodium 0.02g, Fibre 0.04g, Sugars 1.6g, Carbohydrates 3.4g, Protein 0.04g, Calcium 120mg and added Vitamin D2.
Calorie wise it is higher than almond and coconut milk and is higher in fat than all the other cows milk alternatives. It has added calcium which makes it a really excellent alternative for children.
Hemp milk is very low in fibre, which is a good comparison for cows milk, which contains none at all.
As with most milk alternatives there may be concerns, and with hemp it is THC levels in the milk. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive substance produced naturally by the hemp plant. Hemp milk is made from the seeds of the plant, which contains no THC as it is only found in the leaves, buds and flowering tops of the plant, but there can still be traces from contamination where the seeds have touched other parts of the plant.
If you are concerned with the levels of THC in the product you are using consult the manufacturer for more information as many claim to be THC free.