Finally, a few weeks ago, I was introduced to A2 Milk. I did not know that different cows produced different types of milk. I was aware that you could get lactose free milk and had tried this before but this also caused my tummy to hurt. Cows’ milk contains different types of protein, including A1 and A2 proteins. A2 is the protein that cows were producing many years ago but as they became more domesticated,
a different protein, called A1, became dominant throughout herds in Europe.
A2 Milk leaflet
A2 also say:
A2 milk is fresh cows’milk that naturally contains a protein called A2.
Up to 10 million people in the UK currently experience digestive issues when drinking regular cows’ milk-the A2 protein may help them return to dairy.
I was unbelievably nervous about trying this milk, as I had such bad experiences with different forms of cows milk that I had tried previously. It took me two days after receiving the milk to actually try some! I decided that a cup of tea would be my first experience of A2 Milk. As I was unsure of it, I knew that I needed to try a small amount to start with as if I were intolerant to it then I would suffer. I tried the semi-skimmed version first and I must say that it was delicious! My tea tasted much, much better than my usual soya milk. It tasted just as I remembered tea tasting with my regular cows’ milk. I had not had regular cows’ milk for about six years so I was very excited when my first cup of tea, with A2 Milk in it, did not upset my tummy. I kept having to check that my tummy really wasn’t bloated, as it usually would be after drinking regular cows’ milk.
After this, I tried it in a coffee the next day. I then felt brave enough to try it on my cereals.
My boyfriend and son tried it and could not tell the difference between A2 Milk and their usual cows’ milk. I am very pleased about this as it means that I can cook and use the A2 milk now, rather than using different milks for recipes. I often have to make two different versions of the same dish at meal times to suit our different needs with regards to my intolerances. My daughter also has a dairy intolerance but has been unwell lately so I will try her with small amounts of A2 Milk when she is feeling better.
I got very excited at the prospect of having a hot chocolate using the milk and got even more excited at the thought of being able to taste cheese again. I used to love eating cheese, in fact it was one of my favourite foods but as it made me so ill, I had to give up eating it six years ago. I thought that I would never be able to have it again and I have not been able to find any products that match its flavour and texture. My boyfriend suggested that we make our own cheeses. So that it what we did! We made mozzarella and I had my first pizza with cheese made from cows’ milk.
Overall, I am very, very impressed with a2 Milk as it has helped me to know that the A1 protein was the part of milk that I could not digest properly. It has taken me over ten years to find this out so I am very grateful to a2 Milk for offering me the opportunity to try their milk. Here is a quote from me on the A2 Milk Facebook Page:
You can find a2 Milk in selected Morrisons, Co-op and Tesco stores at £1.99 for a 2 litre semi-skimmed or full fat bottles. It is not recommended that you try this if you have been medically diagnosed as lactose intolerant, as a2 Milk contains lactose.
Disclosure: I was sent 2 litres of semi skimmed a2 Milk and 2 litres of full fat a2 Milk to review in exchange for this post. All opinions are honest and my own.