If drinking regular cow’s milk gives you a tummy upset, you need to try this new A2 Milk.
Stomach churning or bloated after drinking cow’s milk? That’s perfectly normal. An estimated 90 per cent of the Singapore population is lactose-intolerant, according to gastroenterologists.
Lactose intolerance is characterised by the body’s inability to digest lactose, a type of sugar found in milk. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include nausea, stomach cramps, bloating, gas and diarrhoea.
Less known, however, is an intolerance to a particular type of protein in milk: the A1 beta-casein protein.
A recent study published in the Nutrition Journal tracked 45 healthy adults with no diagnosed lactose intolerance. One group was given regular milk that contained both A1 and A2 beta-casein protein, while the other group drank milk that had only A2 beta-casein protein.
The first group had significantly higher levels of stomach inflammation, discomfort and bloating, while the other group had no increase in stomach issues.
Researchers concluded that the A1 beta-casein protein in cow’s milk causes tummy problems that are similar to symptoms of lactose intolerance. What that means: Some people may be intolerant of the A1 protein rather than lactose.
If you’ve been meaning to add more dairy to your diet, give the A2 Milk a go.
One of Australia’s largest milk brands, A2 Milk has recently found its way into our supermarkets.
What’s A2 Milk?
Like its name suggests, A2 Milk is cow’s milk that contains only the A2 beta-casein protein. (Most other brands of cow’s milk contain both A1 and A2 protein.)
The company uses a non-invasive DNA test to select cows that naturally produce milk with only A2 protein, so you can expect less tummy troubles after drinking it. The milk tastes rich without being heavy on the palate.
Note that A2 Milk contains lactose just like any other cow’s milk, so if you’ve been diagnosed with lactose intolerance, avoid it. (Also read: 7 Non-Dairy Foods You Can Get Your Calcium From)
The A2 Milk is available in Full Cream and Light versions, and can be found at Cold Storage, Jason’s Gourmet, and Market Place outlets.