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Have you ever heard of a2 Milk® before? Lovingly called ‘the milk for people who think they can’t drink milk’, learn more about why this registered dietitian loves a2 Milk®, and what makes it different than other milk products on the market today.
Disclosure: I am a paid consultant to the a2 Milk® Company. As always, I only work with brands and companies that I believe in, fully support, and would serve to my own family.
Milk: A Love-Hate Relationship
I had two major cravings when I was pregnant: beer and milk.
Neither one of those were good for me at the time.
Here and there I would have a sip of beer, but I would always chug a glass of milk each day, sometimes two. And after about 20 minutes, I would get that dreaded gurgle.
You know the one.
Right before your stomach twists in knots and sends you running to the bathroom for the next 20 minutes.
But the pregnant body wants what it wants, and day in and day
I always thought, ‘why is this happening, I don’t think I’m lactose intolerant?‘
I’ve never been lactose intolerant before, although I did not drink milk before my pregnancy.
Transitioning Baby From Breastmilk to Cow’s Milk
Fast forward nearly a year later and I’m ready to transition my sweet baby boy from breast milk to whole milk.
Sounds easy, right? WRONG.
What should have been a smooth transition turned into a
If the common symptoms of lactose intolerance are GI discomforts like abdominal cramping and diarrhea, the opposite of constipation, then what was the problem here?
As a registered
Weeks of searching finally led me to an answer that made sense – it wasn’t lactose that was the problem, it was something else within the milk.
Something we like to call A1 Beta-casein protein.
What’s the a2 milk Difference?
When looking at conventional milk vs. a2 Milk®, there really is no difference at all – milk is just milk.
The simple difference between a2 Milk® and traditional milk is the cows that the milk comes from.
Just like I have brown eyes, and you may have blue, cows have genetic differences that make the composition of their milk different.
In this case, they either have the gene to produce A1 beta-casein protein or A2 beta-casein protein.
Scientific research has led us to understand that the A1 beta-casein protein is a genetic mutation that makes the milk protein more difficult to digest, resulting in those common GI discomfort symptoms I was, and you may be, experiencing.
There is no altering of the milk in any way, we just use special cows that only produce A2 beta-casein protein (we like to put them in their own little special cow club).
Why This Registered Dietitian Loves a2 Milk®
I recently traveled to visit Boston, Massachusetts for the largest nutrition conference of the year, the Food Nutrition Conference and Expo
As 10,000 of the worlds most talented registered dietitians stormed the city, I teamed up with some amazingly talented RD’s to spread the word about a2 Milk and the benefits it can have for so many individuals suffering post-dairy digestive discomfort.
The answer is simple, I love a2 Milk because it is REAL milk that is easy to digest.
If you or someone you know are scared of milk because of how it makes you feel, be sure to check out the a2 difference.
There you have it, a2 Milk is the milk for people who think they can’t drink milk.
If you or someone you love is looking to bring milk back into your life, be sure to give a2 a try and see if it makes a difference for you.
Want to learn more? Visit the website and check out the store locator to find a retailer closest to you.
Have you felt the a2 difference? Let me know in the comments section below.
Welcome! I’m Emily Kyle, a nationally recognized media registered dietitian nutritionist & holistic cannabis practitioner providing holistic health care for those living with autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. To help you, I offer food sensitivity testing, cannabis education, and this blog which provides free resources including anti-inflammatory recipes, holistic health, wellness and nutrition related articles, and evidence-based cannabis education.