Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on November 9, 2009
Photographer: G Monkie (CC)
Milk is for calves. Soy is for losers. So, what’s the alternative? Hemp.
Hemp is the oldest food known to mankind, but only lately has it been receiving massive buzz as the next must-incorporate-into-your-diet super food. The reasons are clear. With its nutty creamy taste, hemp has a lot going for it. It’s got all ten essential amino acids, it’s a great source of protein, it has good fats in the form of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and it has naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
The crazy thing is, all of our hemp is currently imported from Europe and Canada, as the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that bans hemp production. Something to do with its fun-time relative, marijuana.
Living Harvest makes an excellent range of hemp products, which are all grown organically without the use of herbicides and pesticides. They make everything from milk (I prefer the unsweetened variety) to protein (excellent in a smoothie and far superior to whey or soy) to oil (works well drizzled on salad).
Of course, the best way to consume hemp is to sprinkle the versatile seed on, well… just about anything.