Got Flaxmilk? North Dakota farmers create a new dairy alternative

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Flax USA
A local alternative to soy or rice milk.
Health nuts like to sprinkle a little flax seed into granola, smoothies, and the like, to give their diet a boost of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, with the hopes of reducing cholesterol and helping their hearts, among other things. Historically, flax is usually eaten whole or pressed to create linseed oil (the stuff used for finishing wood), but now, one North Dakota-based farm family has turned it into a milk-like beverage.

John and Stephanie Stober, fifth-generation farmers based near Goodrich, founded Flax USA in 2001 to market the flax they grew to consumers in the form of seed, oil, and pet food. This spring, they launched what is thought to be the first commercial flaxmilk made from col-pressed flax seed oil.

Flax USA says that one eight-ounce serving of Flaxmilk contains just 50 calories, zero cholesterol and zero trans fat, while providing as much calcium as cow's milk. (It's also enriched with Vitamins A, D, and B12.) In contrast to its seed form, flaxmilk contains no fiber and 7 grams of sugars (from evaporated cane juice) and no protein. It's being sold in "original" and "vanilla" flavors at Wal-Mart stores in 1/2-gallon containers for $2.98.

But the big question is, how does it taste?

Flaxmilk USA sent the Hot Dish a sample of "original." It's a cloudy, pale beige beverage with a creaminess comparable to 1% milk. Its flavor is similar to soymilk, or, actually, closer to rice milk, with its thinner consistency and strong sweetness. Those who drink cow's milk will likely prefer its more neutral flavor for drinking by the glass, but flaxmilk's sweetness could be appealing poured over a bowl of cereal or blended into a smoothie.

Has anybody else tried flaxmilk and, if so, what did you think?

Here's a list of the Minnesota Wal-Marts carrying Flaxmilk:
1020 ALBERT LEA MN
1470 WILLMAR MN
1472 HASTINGS MN
1473 MANKATO MN
1577 BUFFALO MN
1609 GRAND RAPIDS MN
1627 DILWORTH MN
1632 ALEXANDRIA MN
1634 LITTLE FALLS MN
1654 BAXTER MN
1657 FARIBAULT MN
1738 HUTCHINSON MN
1861 OAK PARK HEIGHTS MN
1864 BROOKLYN PARK MN
1929 CLOQUET MN
1971 ROCHESTER MN
2274 FOREST LAKE MN
2352 CAMBRIDGE MN
2367 PINE CITY MN
2642 APPLE VALLEY MN
2812 ROCHESTER MN
2882 MAPLE GROVE MN
2937 HIBBING MN
2957 DETROIT LAKES MN
3209 ELK RIVER MN
3233 BEMIDJI MN
3513 SHAKOPEE MN
3534 RED WING MN
3624 MONTICELLO MN
3760 NEW ULM MN
3761 THIEF RIVER FALLS MN
3806 FAIRMONT MN
4244 PARK RAPIDS MN
4253 SAUK CENTRE MN
4257 AUSTIN MN
4374 LITCHFIELD MN
5397 WINONA MN
1722 MARSHALL MN
1858 MONTEVIDEO MN
2820 WORTHINGTON MN


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4 comments
Alfonsosaljedrez
Alfonsosaljedrez

I was skeptical, but now I'm a believer.

Better than soy milk.

nrgins
nrgins

I love flaxmilk! I think it's a great product! My only reservation is it has no protein. So as a milk substitute it falls short in that regard, unlike soymilk. I think it would be great if they put out a third variety - one with added protein, to make it have the equivalent protein of milk. Since flax seeds are already about 20% protein, seems it should be easy to add flax protein to a variety of the drink. Then it would be perfect!

Flaxytaffy
Flaxytaffy

The flavor and nutrition are outstanding. And only 50 and 60 calories and as much calcium as dairy milk.  It is only at Super Wal-Mart nationwide currently.

Steele Matthew
Steele Matthew

I tried the vanilla -- it was delicious on its own. Much smoother than I expected. Can I get it online, or is it only at walmart?

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