My sister has a problem with regular cow’s milk. She drinks it and her digestion goes AWOL. She has never actually been diagnosed with lactose intolerance, but she tends to stick to alternatives like soya milk. So I have been interested in checking out other forms of milk for her like a2 milk.
There are a few different kinds of proteins in regular cow’s milk including the A2 protein and A1protien. These proteins are digested differently with A1 protein being known to cause bloating, indigestion, cramps and more in some people.
According to the Sunday Times, less than 5% of the British population is lactose intolerant. More common is an intolerance to the A1 protein, which causes similar symptoms to lactose intolerance. So they may just be intolerant the A1 protein.
I understood all this as I watched a recent food unwrapped episode during which a2 milk was investigated. A lady who had always thought she was lactose intolerant wasn’t actually lactose intolerant but rather just digested milk differently.
a2 Milk is produced from specially selected cows that naturally produce only A2 protein and no A1. Nothing added, nothing taken away, just easier to digest cows’ milk.
So I was rather excited to trial some a2 milk, in preparation for when my sister will visit later this year. We wanted to know if it tastes the same as regular cow’s milk. I gave some to my milk guzzling children, who drank it for 3 days straight without realising that there was anything different. We happily ate it in our porridge, in cereal and drank it smoothies too.
The results can’t be any clearer than that right? Basically a2 milk tastes exactly the same as your every day cow’s milk. My sister is now super keen to try it when she gets here. And now that you know more about a2 milk, will you try it out too?
Please do pop over to the a2 milk website, where you can find lots of information about allergies and intolerances and even a contact email for their own in-house nutritionist. You can also find them on Twitter or Facebook for more information.
*a2 Milk is not suitable for anyone medically diagnosed with galactosaemia, lactose intolerance or a cows’ milk allergy. If you require any specific advice, then please do check with a nutritionist.
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