Friday, 6 June 2014

Wonders of a2 milk (review + giveaway c/d 5 July)

Eddie, sipping milk, "Mummy, I am going to be very strong!"



As soon as you or someone in your family get digestive problems, everyone around starts nodding wisely and saying the milk may be the culprit. Often after this self-diagnosis people cut out the milk altogether, without bothering to find out if they're truly lactose-intolerant, hence depriving themselves of many life's pleasures, from a creamy custard to a luxurious ice cream, from a yogurt to a curry.
I read with great interest that "for 20% of us, milk doesn't seem to agree with our system, triggering unpleasant digestive symptoms.  Many people who have this reaction decide they must be lactose-intolerant, though only 5% are medically diagnosed.  Instead, they often choose to cut milk out of their diets without ever seeing a doctor, and more alarmingly nearly 40% of parents don’t let their children try milk either.  But what they don’t know is that many of them have an altogether different problem – and it’s one that can be solved without giving up all the delicious benefits of dairy.
Not all milk is the same
There are different types of proteins in Milk including ones called A1 and A2. Regular dairy cows produce milk that contains both the A1 and A2 protein.
Studies show that the A1 protein breaks down more slowly in the body, and for some people this can lead to uncomfortable symptoms that are similar to those of lactose intolerance. But for many of these people, the problem isn't lactose (which is the sugar in milk) at all – the A1 protein could be the issue".



I confess I haven't heard of a2 milk until recently, yet once I read about it, I have easily spotted it in the local Waitrose.
A2 Milk Company has selected 20 farms in the Shropshire, Cheshire and North Wales regions and identified cows from existing herds that naturally produce milk containing only the A2 protein and no A1 protein (It's a hereditary thing & yes they are called a2 Cows).
They say: "Now a2 Milk is available in the UK market, and so far we have around 3,000 certified A2 cows producing pure a2 milk for us, mostly Friesians and Holsteins. They are milked separately from the other cows on the farm, and the milk they produce is pure, natural and delicious. The only difference is that it's missing the A1 protein that maybe causing trouble for so many people!"

My little man is a fussy eater, but he is happy to drink milk, both cold from the fridge and warm with a bit of honey before bedtime. He likes to tell me that milk makes him grow healthy and strong.
It is well known that calcium in milk is essential for healthy bones and teeth. It contains vitamins and minerals, and has a lot of health benefits for both children and grown-ups.

According to Dr Hilary Jones, an NHS GP and medical presenter on well-known shows like ITV's Daybreak,
“Milk is the nearest thing you can get to complete nutrition in a glass. It’s a great sustainer and concentration booster for children at school. It is much healthier than any fizzy drink, and it’s an excellent post-exercise recovery food, as it has a balance of protein, carbohydrates, water and micronutrients"

What did we think of a2 milk?
To be honest, I couldn't guess which one is which, when I did a blind test with a2 and standard milk. A2 milk is tasty, as it is, or added to tea and coffee.

A cup of coffee with a2 milk

If you use it with a coffee maker to make a cappuccino or latte, it comes frothy and light.
As none of us have dairy problems, we only tested it for taste. I think if someone in the family cannot consume a1 milk, this milk is a solution, and can be used by the whole family.
All in all, a delicious milk, which will benefit people who have health issues with A1 protein.
Have you tried a2 milk?




For more information, visit A2Milk website.
You can also find A2 Milk on Facebook and follow @a2milkuk on Twitter.

Disclosure: I received some vouchers to try a2 milk and review on my blog. All opinions are mine.

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65 comments:

  1. I love making lattes - just heat up the milk and add a spoonful of coffee!

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  2. Either in a milkshake or hot chocolate

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  3. i love to make milkshakes with it x

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  4. As a drink from the fridge.

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  5. I can't get on with ordianry milk or soya milk, so would love to know if I can with this. So, at the mo, I don't use milk.

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  6. I'm afraid my favourite is in coffee - I'm a bit of an addict.

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  7. In my morning coffee.

    Katie corr

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  8. I love it on cereal, really interested in this milk, would like to try it with my son

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  9. Splashed all over my cereal!

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  10. I love just drinking it on its own

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  11. As a drink straight from the fridge ice cold right after i've eaten chocolate :D xxx

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  12. I don't drink milk but my little boy likes it as a drink or on his cereal :)

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  13. Michael Botzaropoulos10 June 2014 at 10:34

    In a frape (Greek drink). Reminds me of home :)

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  14. I have always loved a glass of cold milk since I was a child :)

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  15. This post is very informative. I've never heard of A2 milk before too until just now. I'm glad to know that there is this kind of milk for those people that are having digestive issues with the regular kind. Milk has a lot of health benefits that is too good to missed out on. For young people milk can help achieve good skin, good teeth and a good night sleep and for older people it can save them from osteoporosis caused by lack of calcium. Milk is rich with calcium that does wonders for our body. Milk is something we should be keep in our diet.

    Regards,
    Toni Simpson

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  16. I use milk loads, my son drink Nesquik daily, in my countless mugs of tea and coffee every day, in the boys cereals in the morning and a splash gets added to mash potato to make it nice and creamy - to name but a few uses we have :-)

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  17. Coffee and milkshakes are my favourites,I also use it in creamy pasta sauce.

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  18. Being Italian cappuccino for me is a must! Every day!

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  19. Samantha Freeman3 July 2014 at 12:29

    I love it warm with a couple of spoons of malt extract in it at night before bed

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  20. cereals :)

    @jamiecomps

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  21. On my morning cereals I cant understand people who have them dry, yuck

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  22. I love ice cold milk either on cereal or just as it comes :)

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  23. straight from the bottle the moustache makes it even better!!!

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  24. We like to drink it straight :)

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  25. Smoothies, great way to use up soft fruit!

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  26. We have a lot of cereal but recently have had a pancake fad so that has been the main milk use.

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  27. I do love a good protein shake :)

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  28. Ice cold from the fridge as a drink

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  29. a nice drink of ice cold milk :)

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  30. On cereal or as part of a stimulating early morning coffee :)

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  31. A glass of milk with cookies :) (big kid me...)

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