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Can you use flax milk?

Answered on August 14, 2014
Created August 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I am tried to transfer from unsweetend soy to almond for my coffee but not liking it. Before starting the diet I had transitioned to unsweetened flax milk, I am just curious and before my husband purchases more, thought I would try to get confirmation. Thanks!

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on August 14, 2014
at 12:47 AM

By the end of it, less than 1% of ALA winds up converting to DHA, so, you'd ludicrous amounts of ALA to get to DHA... so, forget it and get fish instead.

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at 12:44 AM

Yea, it's something like a 5% conversion rate from ALA->EPA, which then is only partially converted to DHA. I should have said "convert well"... The ability to convert is ruled by the FADS1 and FADS2 enzymes for which there is variability in a bunch of snp's. You'd probably want a few grams of DHA per day, so you can imagine needing 20g ALA per 1g EPA you'd need, plus the FADS variability makes it a non-starter IMHO.

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on August 13, 2014
at 07:07 PM

Never heard that people cannot convert. Just that the conversion was low (as is the need).

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I assume unsweetened coconut milk correct? Ok, I am going to test it out! I really gave almond milk a try since I love almonds but not sure why I didn't mind the taste of unsweetened soy and flax but hated the taste of almond

Thanks for the info!!!

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at 04:07 PM

Sorry about the "am"

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on August 14, 2014
at 07:02 AM

Soy AND flax are phytoestrogens, so use in moderation. I had major problems from too much flax. The hormonal effects should not be ignored.

And soy is not good at all for human ingestion.

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on August 13, 2014
at 10:37 PM

Go for it. Flax is a great source of omega-3s.

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at 04:27 PM

Try coconut milk instead. Has good quality fats. Flax has the wrong kind of omega 3's which most people cannot convert to DHA/EPA, and are likely to be oxidized. Also flax is estrogenic which might not be a good idea for everyone.

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on August 13, 2014
at 07:07 PM

Never heard that people cannot convert. Just that the conversion was low (as is the need).

966a380766495d1734de2e2ab09f4a66

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on August 13, 2014
at 05:43 PM

I assume unsweetened coconut milk correct? Ok, I am going to test it out! I really gave almond milk a try since I love almonds but not sure why I didn't mind the taste of unsweetened soy and flax but hated the taste of almond

Thanks for the info!!!

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