Nut Milks: Flax Milk

The most recent non-dairy milk alternative to hit the stores is FLAX MILK, which is simply cold-pressed flax oil mixed with filtered water. Flaxseed milk presents numerous health benefits:

  • unlike cow’s milk, flax milk contains no cholesterol or lactose, making it healthier for your heart
  • flax milk also contains omega-3 fatty acids from the cold-pressed flax oil, that has been shown to help prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease and strokes
  • it is naturally lactose free, as well as being completely void of cholesterol
  • flax milks are fortified with minerals and vitamins, including vitamins A, B12 and D, as well as calcium, which equals the nutritional value of other milk alternatives
  • all varieties are low in calories, while the original and vanilla varieties contain some sugars (from evaporated cane juice) but considerably less than other non-dairy milk alternatives
  • flax milk contains no saturated or trans fat
  • although it doesn’t offer the same health benefits, flax milk is another excellent alternative for those who are allergic to soy
  • in addition to being soy-free, flax milk is free from the top eight allergens (from ingredients) including gluten
  • it is creamier than a lot of other milk alternatives

The only downside to flax milk is that it contains no protein. However, there are numerous excellent plant-based sources of protein such as beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, tofu, and whole grains which can be consumed as part of a balanced diet.