A1 versus A2 milk - what is better for you?

For kids in India, drinking two glasses of milk a day was mandatory at our home, and skipping it was next to impossible! (courtesy Indian moms). But, the milk that we drink today has changed. It is quite daunting for a parent today, to find pure and natural food for their kids, including pure milk. Organic has become the new mandate in everything we consume. If that was not all, there is a whole new debate popping up on almost all social media platforms and newsgroups, “Should we consume A2 milk?”

Awareness level among people is rising these days. For what goes inside their food is important. It is often backed by numerous studies and research.

So what is A2?

Milk is a good source of protein, there’s no denying that! The two major proteins in milk are casein and whey. Casein accounts for about 80 percent of the protein in milk. There are also different types of casein, one of which is called beta-casein. Beta-casein makes up about 30 percent of the protein in cow's milk. A1 and A2 are two variants of beta-casein.

Proline is strongly bonded to a small protein called BCM-7, which prevents it from getting into the milk produced by A2 cows. On the other hand, Histidine holds a weak bond with BCM-7, so it is easily released in the GI tract of animals and can enter the human body on consumption of milk from A1 cows and interact with the digestive system and internal organs.

According to research, the two types of beta-casein proteins are almost identical barring a few variations, and while there is still limited scientific research to back this, evidences suggests that A2 protein is easier to digest. A2 refers to the beta-caseins protein found in milk. Depending upon a cow’s genetic make-up, it can produce, either only A1 beta-casein, a combination of both or only A2 beta-casein.

So is A2 worth it?

For those who do not experience any problems with milk consumption, there is no evidence to suggest any benefit in having A2 milk over packet milk, which contains both the A1 and A2 proteins. For those who self-report an intolerance to milk or are lactose-intolerant, A2 milk may be a suitable selection to prevent commonly reported stomach upset complaints.

There are still no strong evidences to prove the pros and cons of A2 milk. It is up to you, to decide whether A2 milk is really for you! According to a few researches:

  • A2 milk contains high levels of Omega 3 that cleans the cholesterol deposits of blood vessels.
  • Cerebrosides present in A2 milk increase brainpower.
  • Strontium of A2 milk enhances the body immunity and protects it from harmful radiations.

The only answer to this dismal situation is awareness, which could create willingness among consumers to pay a fair price for organic A2 milk and be satisfied with the product and service at the same time!

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- By Rishu Agarwal (www.panoply.in)