Take a walk through your local super market, and you’ll be surprised to see just how many products contain flax seed, which some call a “wonder food” for its many potential health benefits. You’ll find ground flaxseed as a key ingredient in “chewy” products such as cereals, oat meal, breads, and crackers. But now, one processor has come up with a way to mix it with your morning coffee.
Flax Milk is the latest entry in the dairy and lactose free beverage category. The company behind it, FLAX USA, says it contains 1100 mg of Omega 3s and has as much calcium as regular milk. Right now, it’s a one-of-a-kind product that’s only available at Wal Mart in the refrigerated section. I haven’t tasted it yet, but their publicity materials claim that both the regular and vanilla flavors are delicious. I hope so because I’m not a big fan of nut, soy or rice milks.
Flax USA is a family business in North Dakota. The Stober family has been growing flax for five generations and their organic, cold-milled, golden flax seed can be found at Costco and other big box chains. See my 2008 interview with Stephanie Stober for a description on how their crops are harvested and why flax seed is such a healthful food.
For another source on the health benefits of Flax, read The Healing Power of Flax: How Nature’s Richest Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids Can Help to Heal, Prevent and Reverse Arthritis, Cancer, Diabetes and Heart by Herb Joiner-Bey N.D.