Currently 1 in 5 people in the UK struggle with milk, and many assume they are lactose intolerant. They report issues with digesting dairy such as wind and stomach pain.
Sure the taste of an ice cold glass of milk is lovely, you’re well aware of the health benefits, and it’s a key ingredient in many recipes, but if you’re intolerant then what can you possibly do?
All cows’ milk is going to be a problem for you, right?
First things first, if you have already been medically diagnosed with an allergy or intolerance to cows’ milk, then the advice of your doctor should always be heeded. Equally, if you have any current health concerns, it is always advisable to visit your GP for advice.
All that being said, if you experience discomfort after drinking milk and have suspected that you are lactose intolerant but have never been sure, then there’s a special kind of cows’ milk that might surprise you.
Now let’s dig in to the science.
All intolerances are not created equal
Lactose intolerance is a real condition where the body is unable to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk.
But there’s also the lesser known issue of the A1 protein.
Standard milk contains proteins called the A1 and A2 protein, and if you react to the A1 protein, then you could experience bloating, constipation, wind and discomfort when drinking standard milk, similar to the symptoms associated with lactose intolerance.
So, what if you could enjoy a cows’ milk that is free from the A1 protein? You can!
It’s 100% natural, delicious, and it’s called a2 Milk™.
A long, long time ago, all cows produced milk with only the A2 protein, but during domestication in Europe another milk protein emerged (A1 protein), which is now highly prevalent in Western herds.
Today, while some cows produce milk containing both A1 and A2 protein, some cows still produce milk that only contains A2 protein.
This means a2 Milk™ doesn’t need to engineer or treat the milk in any unusual way, they simply select cows through simple testing that naturally produce milk containing only A2 protein.
All this means that if you or someone you know thinks they are lactose intolerant, but in fact could be reacting to the A1 protein, then it may well be that drinking a2 Milk™ could alleviate previous symptoms and allow you to enjoy milk again.
However, it is important to note that a2 Milk™ is not suitable for anyone diagnosed with cows’ milk protein allergy.
The clinical study
To establish just how prevalent a reaction to the A1 protein could be, a2 Milk™ commissioned an independent clinical study, which saw 600 healthy participants in China with self-reported milk intolerance go in for a double-blind, randomised crossover study.
After four weeks of being totally dairy free, participants were randomly selected to consume milk containing both A1 and A2 protein and then, after going seven days dairy free again, drink milk containing only A2 protein.
Amazingly, all of the participants who drank a2 Milk™ reported improved symptoms in comparison to regular milk, despite them containing the same amount of lactose.
You can read the whole paper here.
The taste test
I hope by now you’re excited to try a2 Milk™ and see how you get on with it.
Another important question is of course, how does it taste?
Excitingly, a2 Milk™ really is one of those ‘you’d never know the difference’ products. It tastes just like natural cows’ milk, because that’s what it is!
Whether it’s in cup of tea, bowl of cereal or a frothy coffee, you wouldn’t be able to tell. That means you don’t have to have a separate, special milk in the fridge for you and another for the rest of the family – everyone will love it.
So if you are undiagnosed but have suspected a milk intolerance thanks to symptoms like stomach pain, wind, bloating or constipation etc. it’s really worth giving a2 Milk™ a try.
a2 Milk™ is available in most UK supermarkets and you might be able to rediscover something you thought you’d never be able to enjoy again.
This is a commissioned post for a2 Milk.