New Dairy-Free Milks Are Made From Hemp, Flax and Oats

You can’t get blood from a turnip, but these days you can get milk from all manner of plants. Soy, rice, nut and coconut milks are on store shelves, of course, plus a new wave made from flax, hemp and oats.

Mild-tasting flax seeds are anti-inflammatory and touted to lower cholesterol. They come your way in the first-ever commercial flax milk by Flax USA (about $2.90 for 1.89 liters). An 8-ounce serving contains 50 calories, 2.5 fat grams, 80 grams sodium and no protein — half the calories and fat of Silk original soy milk, yet deliciously creamy. There’s also a 60-calorie vanilla version. Both are full of flaxen goodness, with 1,100 milligrams of Omega-3 (a hard-to-get essential fatty acid) per serving.

Hemp seeds also boast Omega-3s. Check the nutrition label when sourcing hemp milk because calories and sugar content vary wildly. Living Harvest Tempt vanilla hemp milk (32 ounces, about $4) offers the best nutritional profile and tastes best, too, though with definite nutty undertones. It has 120 calories per 8-ounce serving, 6 fat grams, 135 milligrams sodium and 2 protein grams. It has more sugar and calories than thin, flat-tasting, pricier Hemp Dream (about $4.50, 32 ounces), and a third fewer calories and sugar than Pacific’s cloying vanilla hemp milk (about $4, 32 ounces).

Sweet seems to be Pacific’s style. Its low-fat vanilla oat milk (about $3, 32 ounces) is silky, organic and mild-tasting but more sugary than necessary. One serving contains 130 calories, 2.5 fat grams, 110 milligrams sodium and 4 protein grams. Being made from oats, it can’t help but give you 2 grams of fiber, too.

Find flax, hemp and oat milk at Whole Foods and other natural food stores. And drink up.

– Article Originally from Saint Louis Today.

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