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Great tasting, but be careful of too much Omega-6
on April 6, 2012
I like this hemp milk a lot. It's available in my area at Bed Bath & Beyond for cheaper than the current Amazon price. In terms of taste, consistency, and flavor, this is a great product. It's smooth and delicious. To me, it tastes like soy milk and the hemp ingredients are not detectable. It goes great in coffee.
One thing to be aware of, however, is the health claims of the product. The carton touts the high omega-6 content of this product and even shows a bar graph comparing it to soy milk and almond and rice milk. This product contains beneficial Omega-3 as well (found in things like fish oil an grains), but high omega-6 is not a good thing. Too much omega-6 can have negative effects on health because it is inflammatory. Most Americans already get too much omega-6 because it is very common in our diet (from plant oils). A University of Maryland Medical Center study found that Americans get 14-25x more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids.
It is important to keep the ratio in balance, and some health researchers believe the optimal ratio is closer to 4:1 of omega-6 to omega-3 for lowering the risk for certain kinds of cancer. On PubMed, look for article ID: 12442909, "The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids."