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Orders for hemp milk have doubled this year, according to a tea and coffee supplier.
According to the Tea and Coffee Company, an increasing number of its customers have been swapping out dairy for plant-based alternatives.
And it says its online orders for hemp milk have ‘more than doubled’ this year.
“Hemp milk comes from the same plant used to produce marijuana, however it’s a surprisingly good substitute for cow’s milk,” Richard Smith, Partner from the Tea and Coffee Company, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.
“It has an earthy, nutty flavour and its creamy consistency is ideal for non-dairy lattes or as a milk substitute in tea and coffee. We have had a lot of enquiries from customers asking what we would recommend they use as an alternative for milk in their beverages.”
He added: “Hemp milk and other products made from hemp seeds do not cause mind-altering effects like marijuana and only contain trace amounts of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol.”
Hemp milk offers a range of benefits, according to fans of the products, who tout its nutritional benefits – saying it naturally contains more calcium than dairy, and has the ideal 1:3 ratio of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. In addition, it is low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free.
Hemp is often considered a sustainable crop – which requires very little water to grow, absorbs more CO2 than trees, and does not require herbicides or pesticides.
It has what is described as a ‘nutty’ flavor, and it doesn’t split in hot drinks.