It’s not what you think. For those of you who aren’t quite sure, Hemp is the cannabis plant that does not produce a psychoactive effect due to the extremely low THC content (what gets a person high in hemp’s sister plant – Marijuana). It’s perfectly legal to use in the US for foods, personal hygiene and many more things.
Now, why did we decide to use it for making “Mylk”? A few months ago, we came very close to releasing an Almond Milk product line. While experimenting with recipes, it came to our attention that Almonds were getting a bad rap in California for using too much water while the state is experiencing a terrible drought. The statistic that 1 almond uses a gallon of water to grow became common knowledge to many Californians. Almond farmers are using oil drilling equipment to dig wells thousands of feet deep to tap into ground water that takes a very long time to replenish supply. It was also reported “that a 1,200-square-mile swath of the southern Central Valley—a landmass more than twice the size of Los Angeles—had been sinking by as much as 11 inches per year, because the water table had fallen from excessive pumping.”
With this information at hand, we at Fully Rooted could not contribute to this unsustainable practice. Although a very popular and growing trend, Almonds didn’t have to be our nut/seed of choice for alternative milk. We’ve also learned other parts of the Almond story such as the orchards preserving the land and preventing it from becoming a barren desert like much of the other land in California once used as farmland. Even if this is so, the Almond industry is only expanding, as the demand for California Almonds in other parts of the world such as Asia and Europe grows steadily, we could not be a part of that reason for expansion.
With the idea of using Hemp, a very sustainably cultivated crop in Canada, came other benefits over Almonds as well. One being that we can keep our facility nut-free. Another being that Hemp provides all 10 Essential Amino Acids. Read about the many others below, which are not all unique to Hemp.
Some Benefits of Hemp Mylk:
- Strengthened Immune System
- Clear, Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails
- Strong, Healthy Heart
- Increased Mental Capacity
- Hemp has anti-inflammatory agents and improves circulation. – Great for those with Arthiritis
- Great for those with a Nut Allergy
- Unlike Cow’s Milk, it’s easy for the body to digest.
- Hemp grows without the need for chemicals or additional water supply
In a single 8oz glass of Hemp Milk, you may find:
- 900mg Omega-3 Fatty Acid
- 2800mg Omega-6 Fatty Acid
- All 10 Essential Amino Acids
- 4 grams of Digestible Protein
- 46% of RDA of Calcium
- 0% Cholesterol
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B12
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin D
- and more…
Does not contain:
- Preservatives (like sodium benzoate)
- Thickeners (like Carageenan)
When creating a new product at Fully Rooted, we believe it to be our responsibility to look at each ingredient in a wholistic way to consider it’s affects on our bodies and our environment. Granted, some ingredients will have more of a carbon footprint than others, we are continuing to minimize that footprint through discovering more local sources and forming new recipes with this factor in mind. While Hemp cannot be cultivated locally yet, it doesn’t come from far and the way it’s processed and grown abides by our philosophy more so than other alternatives. We can now offer a low sugar content beverage with high unique nutrients that our juices do not provide.
Hemp Mylk will be available for sale mid-June at our local RI Farmers Markets.
Bringing our products to a whole new level,
Ben & the Fully Rooted Crew