What is A2 Milk?
Milk used to be just that—drink milk. Milk makes a body good. There was one kind and that was what we drank. But in the last decade, we’ve marketed other variations of milk from almond to coconut we’ve been seeking the milk that still does our body good while appeasing sensitive stomachs.
In doing so, we had to not only take a look at the source of milk, but also—what’s in it?
Enter: A2 milk.
What Is A2 Milk?
A2 is the name referencing a protein in milk called beta casein. There is also a very, very similar protein called A1 that is linked to potential inflammatory side effects or unpleasant digestive issues like constipation.
A2, on the other hand, in limited studies, has shown that A2 is not inflammatory and is, in fact, healthier, and more prevalent in milks outside the US.
Some small studies show milks with the A1 protein are linked to stomach discomfort, bloating, gastrointestinal distress whereas they did not experience these symptoms when drinking milk containing only A2 protein.
Bear in mind, the research, especially on humans, is very limited, but intriguing, nonetheless.
So what’s the verdict, is A2 Milk a better choice?
A2 milk isn’t necessarily better or healthier, but if you have adverse reactions to milk but don’t show other signs of lactose intolerance, A2 milk may be worth giving a try!