A2 milk is well known for its creamy taste and digestive benefits, but there’s more to A2 dairy than meets the eye. Produced by specially bred cows like our much-loved Jersey herd, A2 milk has plenty of great benefits to keep your health on track and your recipes on point.
So what are the health benefits of A2 milk? Does A2 milk taste different from “regular” milk? How is A2 milk made anyway?
With so many highlights to mention, this is what you need to know about A2 milk. You’ll soon be adding A2 to your grocery list!
Is A2 milk good for your health?
When you hear the words “A2 milk,” you probably think of what it can do for your health, and this is for good reason. A2 dairy is a great source of nutrition and has been associated with many health benefits.
But what’s the difference between A1 and A2 milk?
Most milks contain both A1 and A2 beta-casein proteins, while A2 milk eliminates the A1 protein. The amino acids in the A2 protein are much easier for our bodies to break down than those in the A1 protein.
This means that drinking A2 milk can result in less gut inflammation, fewer lactose intolerance symptoms, and a healthier overall digestive system. That’s not to mention observational studies that link the consumption of A2 dairy with a reduced risk for health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and some allergies.
In addition to its digestive benefits, A2 milk is packed with important nutrients that our bodies need to function at their optimum level. These include vitamins A, D, and B12, along with calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, potassium, and omega-3s.
Incorporating these vitamins and minerals in your diet can help to prevent bone loss, boost immunity, promote healthy blood pressure, and even improve your mood!
What does A2 milk taste like?
For many milk drinkers, good milk is all about taste, and there are no disappointments when it comes to A2. A2 dairy is rich, creamy, and decadent – all the best things about milk!
But does A2 taste different from “regular” milk?
The short answer is no. A2 milk tastes just like milk that contains the A1 protein, making it possible to enjoy your favourite milk-laden treats without risking digestive discomfort or compromising on taste.
This makes A2 milk a great choice for milk lovers who don’t want to turn to milk alternatives, like soy or almond milks. A2 milk is less allergenic and kinder on gut health while retaining the nutritional value and trademark taste of high-quality dairy.
A2 milk is suitable for use in all of your favourite milk-based recipes (like this home-made ricotta recipe) The absence of the A1 protein doesn’t affect texture, taste, separation, or heat sensitivity. You’ll be able to cook as you usually would without even knowing the difference!
How is A2 milk made?
It’s a common misconception that producing A2 milk involves removing the A1 protein from regular milk, but that isn’t the case. Instead, A2 milk is produced by cows bred specifically for the task.
How does that work? Are the cows genetically modified to produce A2-only milk?
No! Certain breeds of cows, like our Jersey cows, are naturally predisposed to produce milk that omits the A1 beta-casein protein. A2 dairy cows are DNA tested at birth to ensure that their milk contains only the A2 protein. Then nature takes control!
This means that there’s no genetic modification or protein-stripping as part of a production process. In cows like our Jersey herd, A2 milk is naturally occurring and free from hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals. Our milk is even organic and non-homogenised!
The day to day of dairy farming looks similar whether cows are producing regular milk or A2 milk. What differs is the cows themselves. In order to produce A2 milk, farmers breed A2-producing cows. It’s that simple!
At Jersey Girl Organics, we believe in the value of high-quality A2 dairy, and we’re proud of the natural, organic milk our Jersey cows produce right here in New Zealand.
You can find our A2 milk across the country, or you can contact us to become a Jersey Girl Organics stockist!