Monday, July 31, 2006

Hemp Shakes!

Wow, who doesn't like the ease and fun of a shake? Even better, one that's full of hemp, which contains a perfect balance omega-3, omega-6 and gamma-linoleic acids as well as some fertility friendly foods like maca, and remember our calcium-uptake-helping friend, inulin?

Check it out:
: Organic hemp protein, superfood Amazon blend (organic mesquite pods, organic Sambazon® açai, organic maca, organic Brazil nut protein, organic tropical fruit flavor), organic guar gum, inulin from chicory root. Contains tree nuts.

I used rice milk, and found the chocolate shake to be particularly indulgent, although they were all delicious. I did, however, carry some to the office in a clear glass bottle and it looked like I was carrying a bottle of cement (hey, no articifial dyes to make it look pretty?). I also spoke with the CEO and founder, John Roulac, who assures me these products for all their creamy yumminess are also gluten and dairy-free.

Even more, Nutiva, which makes the shake, is a socially responsible company that (their words)
provides income for indigenous people by sourcing its Sambazon® açai berries and Brazil nuts from the Amazon rain forest, while its ramon nuts are wild-harvested in the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

Plus, I think it's also socially responsible to consume hemp, as it is a nutritious food and versatile fiber-giving plant that grows well w/o pesticides and fertilizer, which is why our founding Father George (as in Washington) and all his buddies grew it...and yet today it's illegal to grow it in the US (but not Canada) because of all the (spurious) association with ooooooh mary-juana. And of course the stupidity of outlawing marijuana (my mother-in-law died of cancer, I can attest to some very real benefits) in the first place while pushing Vioxx and hormone replacement on people still astounds me, but...Nutiva has some more good hemp facts on their website, and with better spelling than some of the other hemp sites, if that's important to you.

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