I thank Leslie Beck for pointing out the nutritional deficiencies of almond milk (Food For Thought, Life & Arts, Nov. 14).
Not only does almond milk have a paucity of protein, its popularity is detrimental to the environment. Drought-stricken California produces the majority of the world’s almond supply. The heavy irrigation required to sustain the vast monoculture of almonds has necessitated a diversion of rivers that has had a profound impact on the salmon population. In addition, honeybees are shipped from far and wide to achieve the mass pollination required to produce yearly crops, creating a host of detrimental health problems in this already compromised insect that is essential to our food chain.
Hemp milk is an excellent sustainable alternative. Hemp is easily grown in Canada, and three tablespoons in a blender with one cup of water provides 10 grams of protein, three grams of fibre and healthy fats.
Throw in a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds, also abundantly produced in Canada, and you have boosted the nutritional content considerably. When choosing vegan milks, it is possible to have affordable and nutritional alternatives to cow’s milk that are also healthy for the planet. – Kate Anderson, MD, Fergus, Ont.