a2 Milk™ is a natural cows’ milk without the A1 protein that can sensitivity for some, that many people may find easier to digest than regular cows’ milk.
Cow’s milk has been rather maligned of late. As the trend for ‘clean eating’ has surged forward, many people have turned to alternative plant-based milks, even if they’re not vegan. I’ve tried loads of them myself. The variety of alternative milks seems to grow by the week, but even these mylks have their issues: soya milk concerns some for it’s phytoestrogens, while others are worried about the environmental impact of almond milk because most of the world’s almonds are grown in drought-hit California.
Others have shunned cow’s milk because it causes a painful tummy, so they believe they could have an intolerance. But what if they could have their milk and drink it? a2 Milk™ is a cows’ milk, without the A1 protein that can sensitivity for some, so many people will find it easier to digest than regular cows’ milk.
What is a2 Milk™?
Now, this is all new to me, but cows’ milk has different types of protein – including A1 beta-casein and A2 beta-casein. They digest differently from each other and, for some people, the A1 protein can cause discomfort, cramps, bloating and other symptoms after drinking milk.
Many people then assume that they are allergic to milk or are lactose intolerant. But apparently, for millions of people, they may just be intolerant to the A1 protein, which is found in most milk in the UK.
a2 Milk comes from specially-selected cows that naturally only produce the easier to digest A2 protein, including Friesians and Holsteins. So, because a2 Milk does not contain the A1 protein, some people may find it easier to digest. They haven’t added anything to the milk, or taken anything away, it’s simply milk that doesn’t have the A1 protein in it, naturally.
Originally all cows’ milk only had the A2 protein and not any A1. But us humans started mucking about with the breeding and triggered dairy herds to evolve to have A1, so today that protein is found in approximately 70% of cows, which contain a mix of the two proteins.
My family doesn’t have any sensitivities or intolerances to milk, but my best friend growing up suffered the aforementioned bloating and discomfort when she drank it. She wasn’t diagnosed as intolerant, but just avoided it. She would be the perfect person to give this a try as a first port-of-call, rather than just cutting out all milk products. a2 have loads of information from health professionals on their website.
ITV’s Dr Hillary Jones, says of A2 Milk:
“All I would say is that if you haven’t been medically diagnosed, and feel that you have an issue digesting cows’ milk, try a2 Milk containing only the A2 protein. You could be one of the many people who have been avoiding dairy unnecessarily.”
This weekend, Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped looked at a2 Milk. Now, my family is going to try it and see how we find the taste and if it affects any of us at all for the better. We can try it in coffee and tea, cereal, porridge, on it’s own, or in recipes such as Parsnip Madeira Cake or Pumpkin Scones.
Are you going to try a2 milk?
*a2 Milk is not suitable for anyone medically diagnosed with lactose intolerance, galactosaemia or a cows’ milk allergy.