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Is Hemp Water a Ripoff?

Does hemp water get you high?

Hemp water might give you a sugar high, but that’s it. As with hemp protein, seeds, and other foods made from this plant, there is no THC or CBD in them. Technically there may be a trace amount, but it’s too little to influence cognitive ability.

If you turn to the number one seller of seeds, Nutiva, they report their foods as having less than 10 parts per million of THC. That’s 0.001% or lower.

On the website for this brand of hemp water it says:

“Hemp2o is an organic, herbal, vitamin beverage that does not contain the THC found in Marijuana, but hemp-seed extract. This natural oil is filled with essential nutrients that regulate mental health while also nourishing the body.”

That’s why seeds and beverages made from them are 100% legal in the United States for anyone to buy. They’re quite different than pot, as they have zero mind-altering effects.

Ingredients

So what is Hemp2o water good for?

Let’s review the benefits, starting with what’s inside…

When you ignore the added vitamins and minerals, it’s basically just water, sugar, “natural flavor” and hemp seed oil.

But how much hemp oil are you really getting?

They don’t say, but the nutrition facts label gives us a clue…

With a staggering 20g of sugar per serving (and two per bottle) it means you are drinking 40g of sugar and 160 calories total.

It is common knowledge in science that 1g of sugar = 4 calories.

Even Google knows that…

Both carbs and proteins are 4 calories per gram, while fats (i.e. pure oil) are higher.

1g of fat/oil = 9 calories.

Since the label lists 20g of sugar, to find the portion of calories coming from sugar, we multiply 20 times 4 and get 80 calories.

But wait, there’s only 80 calories per serving! That doesn’t leave room for more calories coming from fat/oil!

This suggests there’s very little hemp seed oil in the water. Not surprising, being that they list natural flavor and citric acid before they even get to the oil.

You are getting 25% of your daily value of vitamin C and 100% for niacin, B6, pantothenic acid (B5), and B12. As you can see on the ingredients label, those vitamins were added in separately and are not coming from the hemp. Is it really worth paying $2.99 for that?

Even at lower wholesale pricing, it still seems like a stupid purchase.

The Hemp2o variety pack has different flavors and from a look on their website, here’s the full list:

  • Grape
  • Pineapple Coconut
  • Raspberry Lime
  • Watermelon Strawberry
  • Passion Fruit
  • Strawberry

These flavors of hemp water likely taste great, because they’re very sweet. All of them list 20g of sugar per 80 calorie serving. While we can’t say for certain, this suggests that one type doesn’t have more or less hemp oil than another.

To further substantiate how little oil they’re using, check out their Hemp2O Zero.

It’s like Vitamin Water Zero, except Target was selling that for a buck a bottle, not $2.99 like this stuff.

Ingredients: Water, Organic Sugar, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Organic Fruit and Vegetable Juice (For Color), Malic Acid, Hemp Seed Oil, Stevia Extract, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Xanthan Gum, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)

It’s not 100% sugar free.

The one gram of sugar listed actually equals 4 calories, however the FDA allows for labels to round down 1-4 calories and report them as 0. (1)

For fat, there is 0g listed. That would be where the calories from the hemp would show up.

Verdict

Adding trivial amounts of a superfood to something in order to capitalize on it is nothing new. Countless brands do so and they do so successfully. This hemp water appears no different.

Yes, it technically has a little of the seed oil in it, but mostly what you’re paying for is a bottle of sugar water with added vitamins.

Those vitamins can’t counter the unhealthy side effects 40g of sugar per bottle will bring you. That’s the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar!

Perhaps you could argue the zero calorie version is good for you, however the sugar-laden flavors are a nutritional trainwreck. They’re super bad for you, not superfood.

How to make hemp water

  • Take a bottle of water or filter some yourself
  • Squeeze a squirt of zero calorie and zero glycemic liquid monk fruit for sweetness.
  • Add a tablespoon of Nutiva organic hemp oil

Replace cap and shake vigorously. This is a much better alternative to waters with hemp that you can buy at stores.

At $2.99 a bottle, this is some expensive water that's trying to capitalize on the hemp craze. The ingredients and nutrition are a disaster.

What are the health benefits of hemp?

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Hemp is a plant grown in the northern hemisphere that takes about 3-4 months to mature. Hemp seeds can be consumed or used to produce a variety of food products including hemp milk, hemp oil, hemp cheese substitutes and hemp-based protein powder.

Hemp seeds have a mild, nutty flavor. Hemp milk is made from hulled hemp seeds, water, and sweetener. Hemp oil has a strong “grassy” flavor.

Hemp is commonly confused with marijuana. It belongs to the same family, but the two plants are very different. Marijuana is grown to contain high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that is responsible for its psychoactive properties. Hemp describes the edible plant seeds and only contains a trace amount of THC.

This feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular foods. It provides a nutritional breakdown of hemp and an in-depth look at its possible health benefits, how to incorporate more hemp into your diet and any potential health risks of consuming hemp.

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According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, a 2 tablespoon serving of hemp seeds weighing 20 grams (g) contains:

  • 111 calories
  • 6.31 g of protein
  • 9.75 g of fat
  • 1.73 g of carbohydrates (including 0.8 g of fiber and 0.3 g of sugar)
  • 14 milligrams (mg) of calcium
  • 1.59 mg of iron
  • 140 mg of magnesium
  • 330 mg of phosphorus
  • 240 mg of potassium
  • 1.98 mg of zinc
  • 22 micrograms (mcg) of folate

Hemp seeds also provide vitamin C, some B vitamins, and vitamins A and E.

The nutritional content of hemp is linked to a number of potential health benefits.

Healthy fats

The American Heart Association recommends consuming two 3.5-ounce servings of fish, especially oily fish, each week. This is because fish is a major source of omega-3 fatty acids. If a person does not regularly consume fish, they may not be getting enough DHA or EPA.

Hemp is a plant-based source of concentrated omega-3 fatty acids. However, the fatty acids that hemp contains are alpha-linolenic acids (ALA), which are poorly converted to DHA and EPA in the body at a rate of only about 2 to 10 percent.

Despite this inefficient conversion rate, hemp is one of the richest sources of ALA, and so still represents a very good source of healthy fat, particularly for those who do not consume fish or eggs.

Hemp contains a specific omega-6 fatty acid called GLA and hemp oil contains an even higher percentage of GLA.

Hemp seeds also contain phytosterols, which help in reducing the amount of cholesterol in the body by removing fat build-up in the arteries.

Protein source

Hemp contains all 10 essential amino acids, making it a good plant-based protein source. Hemp does not contain phytates, which are found in many vegetarian protein sources and can interfere with the absorption of essential minerals.

Magnesium

Magnesium plays an important role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, including the metabolism of food and synthesis of fatty acids and proteins. Magnesium is involved in neuromuscular transmission and activity and muscle relaxation.

Magnesium deficiency — which is especially prevalent in older populations — is linked to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease, and osteoporosis. Nuts and seeds like hemp are some of the best sources of magnesium.

Research suggests that people experiencing premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may be able to alleviate symptoms such as bloating, insomnia, leg swelling, weight gain and breast tenderness by ensuring an adequate intake of magnesium. Magnesium combined with vitamin B6 appears to be most efficacious in these instances.

Hemp is a plant whose seeds can be consumed or used to make food products such as milk and oil. It provides protein, fiber, and healthy fats, and it may be useful as part of a weight-loss diet. Risks include digestive problems. Find out more about hemp seeds and how to include them in your diet.