Flax milk is a relatively new player in the milk scene, so I thought I would see what all the fuss is about. Last week, I bought a carton and brought it home with me to experiment.
The first thing that caught my eye was the calorie content. Flax milk has just 50 calories per cup, which is very low. Skim milk has 80 calories per cup, while whole milk has a whopping 150 calories per cup. So hooray for the low calorie content -- 50 calories per cup is great.
Flax milk also contains a hefty level of omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, its omega-3 content was the highest out of all the milks I researched, which makes it an excellent choice for people who need to increase their omega-3 consumption.
Now let’s talk flavor, because even the most nutritious milk won’t do you any good if you can’t bear to drink it. Good news! The flavor is outstanding! It’s even been successfully teenager tested. During testing, I heard that the milk "tastes like cake batter." While I cannot remember the last time I served cake batter, I think this remark bodes well for the milk's palatability.
The only drawback I could find for this milk was the cost. That said, $5.99 per half gallon is certainly not a dealbreaker.
All in all, flax milk seems like an excellent choice, especially for people with lactose intolerances, soy or wheat allergies, or who wish to avoid consuming animal products.
By Judy Doherty, PC II
Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.