A2 Milk is HERE!

Posted on February 6th, 2019

Do you like milk, but it doesn’t like you? Have you tried lactose free options with no relief? Well, you’re not alone.

If you’ve looked around the milk cooler at your local Reasor’s recently you may have noticed that there’s a new milk available, called A2 milk. But what is A2 milk? What makes it different?

A2 milk is thought to help those who experience discomfort after drinking milk. Research shows that it may cause less stomachaches and digestive discomfort for those who don’t want to give up dairy.

A bit of clarification before we move forward. Lactose is the carbohydrate in milk. Those who don’t make enough lactase, a protein that breaks down lactose, have lactose intolerance and usually exhibit digestive symptoms. Milk has two proteins, casein and whey. There are also many people with milk allergies. An allergy is an automatic response to the protein that could be itchy mouth, or something as severe as throat swelling. If you are allergic to milk you should avoid all milks including A2.

So now let’s talk about the science behind milk. Cow’s produce two types of casein (one of the types of proteins found in milk): A1 and A2. Typically, milk sold in stores contains A1 casein. For those who experience digestive discomfort after drinking milk, it may be related to this protein. So research was done to compare digestive discomfort following consumption of milk containing A1 versus A1 casein. They found that those who reported digestive discomfort when drinking milk with A1 casein or a combination of A1 and A2 reported less or no digestive discomfort after drinking milk with only A2 casein. If you’re worried about flavor, it tastes the same as traditional milk. So don’t worry about your bowl of cereal tasting drastically different.

 

So what does this mean for you? If you experience discomfort after drinking milk or enjoying a bowl of milk, consider trying A2 milk. You can find it in the dairy case at your local Reasor’s. Take it home and pour yourself a glass and have a cookie while you’re at it! Because life (and nutrition) is about moderation and enjoyment!

About the Blogger:

Christyna Johnson is a dietetic intern through Oklahoma State University. She loves running, reading, and playing with dogs!

Information included does not constitute medical advice and should only be used as a general recommendation for a healthy diet. Reasor’s Registered Dietitian’s opinions and recommendations are of their own; they are not paid to endorse any products.