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Hemp Milk
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Hemp Milk

Dr. Oz calls it his favorite alternative milk. And natural medicine guru Andrew Weil sings the praises of its good quality protein. It also contains all 10 essential amino acids. What do we like? A thicker, creamier texture from brands like Tempt Hempmilk makes this a standout sipper or cereal “milk.” What’s not so good? The nutrition hype is a little over the top since the amount of omega-3 rich hemp seeds in each cup (we estimate around 1 to 2 tablespoons) is minimal.

Bottom line: It’s a good-tasting alternative to cow’s milk if you opt for unsweetened or plain versions. Sweetened chocolate and vanilla varieties typically pack 20 to 70 extra calories per cup, mostly in the form of added sugars. Oh, and no worries about getting “high;” hemp seeds contain none of the THC found in marijuana plants.

 

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