The nutrient content of flax milk may differ by brand so always take a close look at the nutritional label on the back of the milk carton. In general, one cup (8 ounces) of flax milk contains:
Fat: 3.5 g
Sodium: 85 mg
Carbohydrate: 4 g
Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 3 g
This non-dairy milk also contains some amount of calcium and iron and a range of vitamins and essential minerals such as potassium, iron, and magnesium, along with vitamins A, B12, and D. It is fortified with healthy fats and carbs as well. Most flaxseed milk brands don’t contain vitamin A or vitamin C or any saturated or trans fat.
Benefits of Flax Milk
Flax milk, as mentioned before, is made from flaxseeds, which are rich in a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid. This essential fatty acid has been used to prevent and treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
That’s not all. A review study in Nutrients found that flaxseeds display strongly protective effects in people having symptoms of cardiovascular disease. Further, the result also showed a decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). High blood pressure can lead to heart problems and flaxseed’s blood pressure-lowering impact makes flax milk a potent weapon in lowering the risk of heart disease.
Lastly, flax milk doesn't consist of any cholesterol or lactose, making it a heart-healthy alternative.
Flax milk generally has a higher protein content than some plant-based milks, like almond milk. When fortified with ingredients like pea protein, the protein level in the milk becomes higher.
Nutritionists say that the protein in flaxseed milk can help keep you full and can even balance blood sugar levels. This is beneficial for weight management and those with diabetes. Also, as we mentioned above, a cup of flaxseed milk generally has as little as 50 calories and it's also low in fats and sugar. So, those looking to keep their weight in check can try this non-dairy alternative.
Flaxseed is high in fiber that is essential for maintaining good digestive health. Having it regularly can help ease the passage of food through the intestines and can even boost the intestinal absorption of nutrients. Also, the omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed will safeguard the lining of the digestive tract and help maintain gastrointestinal health.
Bear in mind, however, that flax milk’s potential to help manage your digestive health will be negated if you use a variety that’s too low in fiber or has added sugar. So, again, pay attention to the nutrition label of the flax milk carton and choose the one with high levels of fiber or an unsweetened variety.