Milk and human health: A1 & A2 milk

We all consume milk almost every day, and we are all aware that milk is one of the healthiest drinks in the world. But does it surprise you that there are many types of milk other than the milk you drink every day? Also, it is studied that milk can become the most adulterated food in the world in a few years. As a small step to save the world from adulterated milk, we will be looking at A1 and A2 milk types and why the world should gradually move to A2 milk.

A1 vs A2 milk

A1 milk and A2 milk are two different types of milk. A1 milk is typically found in most supermarkets because it's cheaper, but there have been a lot of studies showing that it can have a negative effect on gut health. There has been less research done on the health effects of A2 milk, but based on preliminary studies, it appears to be easier to digest for many people and doesn't cause as many gut issues as standard cow's milk.

A2 milk is a type of milk in which the milk protein casein is modified. This means that the proteins are broken down into peptides which are easier for the body to handle than those found in A1 milk. In addition, because A2 milk is often fermented when it's produced, it contains more beneficial probiotics and enzymes than other milk. Since the lactose (milk sugar) and most fats have been removed, it's also much lower in calories (usually no more than 3-4 grams per cup) and has a very low allergenic potential.

Health Benefits of A2 milk

A2 milk is all the rage in the dairy world. But is it really better? If so, why? 

Myth: A2 Milk is Unhealthy

Truth: The A2 cows are healthier than regular cows and produce lower levels of insulin and fat in their milk. The lactose found in A2 milk has fewer carbs and calories than regular cow's milk.

The authors of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that A2 milk appears to have a positive effect on insulin response, and it may therefore be a good option for those with type I and II diabetes interested in using dairy for its health benefits. In another study, those who consumed A2 milk reportedly had a lower risk of metabolic syndrome than those who consumed other types of milk. Metabolic syndrome is a set of risk factors that increase the odds of developing heart disease and other chronic diseases; it is estimated that roughly 34% of adults have metabolic syndrome.

Here are some benefits of A2 milk:

No to Allergies and Heart diseases: Cows produce different types of milk based on what they eat and their breed. The beta-casein proteins in regular cows' milk trigger allergies and other cardiovascular problems, but the beta-casein proteins in A2 cows' milk don't seem to do that. In fact, tests have shown that kids who drink this type of milk have better allergy resistance than kids who drink regular cows' milk.

Good for Bones & High on Vitamins: Pasteurization may affect milk's nutritional value, but not A2 milk. It's fortified with calcium, vitamin A and Vitamin D to keep it nutritious. Calcium, which is high in A2 milk, helps to keep our bones and teeth stronger. It also contains many vitamins and minerals to boost our body and health. 

Lose weight: Health-conscious parents may want to switch their kids to A2 milk. It has fewer calories than regular cows' milk, so kids aren't as apt to gain weight or develop type 2 diabetes.

Better taste: The taste of A2 milk is pretty mild and slightly sweet. If you're used to drinking soy or almond milk, you might prefer the taste of A2 milk. Of course, the taste is a matter of opinion, so you should try it for yourself to see how it compares with other types of milk.

What are lactose intolerance and the use of A2 milk?

Lactose intolerance is a condition characterized by symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and vomiting. Lactose-free milk can improve the lactose intolerant quality of life but finding it in grocery stores can be difficult. 

Antigens or) foreign substances may enter a person's system through contact with another living organism or material. This can sometimes cause an allergic reaction in the body. When these antigens are ingested via food or drink by an individual with an intolerance to lactose, the immune system produces antibodies against them as a defense mechanism for self-protection against potential harm. 

A2 milk is a genetically transgenic animal product that has been created to enable people with lactase deficiency to drink milk without suffering from the discomforts of lactose intolerance. It contains virtually no lactose, so it can help people who cannot tolerate dairy products due to their existing health issues or allergies.

Science on Why A2 milk is preferred over A1 milk?

The milk sugar in cows, known as lactose or galactose, is composed of two sugars: lactose and the 'A1' sweetener called alpha-galactosyl. It is suggested that most people are originally A2 gene carriers, but some became A1 gene carriers after they started to drink milk from other animals.

Milk quality varies based on how much A1 protein it contains. The more A1 protein in the milk, the harder it may be for people to digest it easily. Milk with less protein will be easier for humans to digest and causes less gastrointestinal discomfort. When the body cannot properly digest or absorb lactose, symptoms can vary from minor symptoms (or no symptoms at all) to a severe response. These include bloating, diarrhea, and stomach cramping. In cases where the intolerance is severe, more severe health problems may arise - including seizures, vomiting, and malnutrition. So, it is always recommended to prefer A2 milk over A1 regular milk.

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Aakash C J