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I have been using a2 Milk for around 3 weeks and the best thing about it is the superior taste that you get from it. It is fresher, crisper and and feels a lot cleaner than normal milk. I know you will probably say, how can milk be cleaner?? well........... to me it is like drinking a whole new product but it still being milk!! It is a little bit more expensive than normal own label supermarket milk but the taste and potential health benefits you can receive are more than worth it. I have not seen any of the health benefits as i must be "ok" with Milk. I have seen reviews stating that it helps the "bloated" feel and also stops people from feeling sick around 2-3 hours after using it for breakfast........... so there is hope for all of you that do suffer from any forms of unsettling from drinking/eating milk. I know it has a couple of "celebrity" endorsements from Dr's and also Danni Minogue but look past that and try it......... you will not regret it even if it is just for the better taste!! go on surprise yourself!!
Reviewing for Bzz Agent, thanks Bzz!
It took me a while to track down this A2 milk but having found it I bought a lot as it has a pretty long shelf life. I have found it sells out quickly when it is in store!
I don't have diagnosed dairy intolerance but I find myself bloated a lot after drinking/using milk so myself and my family all tried the milk.
I could only purchase full fat A2 milk which was a little creamer than I usually have (usually have semi skimmed) but it was perfectly palatable.
I used the milk for my hot drinks and for cereals, also for drinking.
I also took some over to my toddler group. I told them all about the milk and what it is meant to help with and everyone was very interested but a little concerned it is difficult to get hold of, a lot of the ladies shop online and it doesn't appear to be available to online shop, yet.
I do beleive I made a couple of converts however.
Final results, I would happily buy this milk if it was a lot easier to get hold of but it did make a considerable difference to bloating and dare I say it, flatulence! (not that ladies do that kind of thing you know!)
Though I would pop this review here as it is a category for milk in general.
As a Bzzagent I was able to take part in the A2 milk challenge. Bzzagent sent me 4 vouchers which was supposed to pay for my milk for 2 full weeks, which was great, but unfortunately only lasted me a week and I had to buy the following week of milk myself.
~*~*~*The science bit~*~*~*
Regular semi-skimmed, skimmed and full fat milk contains a mixture of A1 and A2 proteins. Unfortunately A1 protein digests differently to A2 protein and this has been linked with a range of symptoms including bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea and constipation. The theory is that drinking milk containing only A2 proteins can possibly alleviate these symptoms if you have A1 milk protein intolerance.
A2 and A1 proteins are a form of beta-casein and it has been scientifically identified that A2 as the original form of beta-casein that would have been produced by cows thousands of years ago. Due to genetic variance in European herds the A1 protein occurred and is prevalent in the majority of dairy herds. Only a few British dairy herds produce milk containing only the A2 protein and it is from these herds that A2 milk is produced.
A2 milk is not suitable for anyone diagnosed with galactosaemia, lactose intolerance, milk allergy or other milk protein intolerances.
~*~*~*Trial by milk~*~*~*
Although I do not suffer with any sort of milk allergy I decided to give the A2 challenge a go as my Husband suffers from all of the above symptoms and this has been laid at the door of IBS for very many years. As my family consists of myself, my Husband and my two teenage children I decided to try us all on A2 milk for two weeks as repeatedly explaining to my two perfectly intelligent teenagers that the milk with A2 written on the lid was just for mum and dad to drink was driving me insane.
Happily for me my local Morrisons stocks the A2 milk (identical to the Tesco A2 milk in every way as it is not a shop specific brand) so I was able to pick up 4 two litre cartons for free using the vouchers that Bzzagent had sent me. In the interest of a thorough test I chose 3 semi skimmed cartons and 1 full fat. I had already figured out by this point that I would need to fund the second week of the trial out my own pocket.
The milk is packaged like every other carton of milk available in England in that it comes in a plastic carton with a moulded handle. The plastic label is quite eye catching and the A2 logo shouts at you that this is a different sort of milk. The label is packed full of information along the same lines as the science bit above. The lid is a regular screw cap with a plastic peelable security seal underneath. The semi-skimmed milk lid is green and the full fat is pale blue.
Happily for me the milk had nice long dates on, giving me just over a week to use the cartons of milk.
The milk was immediately integrated into every day life and was used for cups of tea, coffee, milkshakes, cooking and on cereal. I can honestly say the milk behaved in exactly the same way as my regular Morrisons branded milk; everything tasted exactly the same as usual.
The only time I noticed a difference in taste was when I had a glass of milk on its own, as I occasionally do, the semi-skimmed milk tasted slightly creamier and more refreshing and did not leave me with milk mouth (you know the clacky feeling a drink of milk can sometimes leave you with).
After using the milk for a full two weeks I set about questioning my family members. My teenagers did not notice a difference, which I thought was good as if this milk was the thing my Husband needed to improve his stomach then there would be no issues swapping the kids over to it. Unfortunately the milk seemed to have no effect either way on my Husband, which was quite disappointing as we were hoping for some sort of improvement however small. For me personally I though the milk may of settled a bit better in my stomach after drinking than normal, but it did not make a big enough impact for me to want to continue using after the trial.
I happily give A2 milk 4 out of 5 stars, removing 1 star for the cost compared to shop branded milk.
~*~*~*Price and availability~*~*~*
A2 milk currently retails from all Morrisons and Budgens stores and in major Tesco stores and costs £1.39 for a 1 litre carton and £1.99 for a 2 litre cartons. It comes in full fat and semi-skimmed varieties.
Thank you for reading and thank you to Bzzagent for giving me the opportunity to take part in the trial.
For more information on A2 milk please go to www.a2milk.co.uk
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Margaret Thatcher may be getting a state funeral, but that doesnt mean she has been forgiven for stopping free milk for primary school kids! perhaps if this had continued we would not now be a nation of obese citizens.
I love milk and as much as it can get a slating for being too fatty, i believe that milk can form part of a healthy diet, whatever your goals are.
Milk is without a doubt one of the most versatile and useful foods out there. personally I am a semi skimmed man. skimmed is a bit too watery and full fat is too creamy and i can feel my arteries clogging up! yes its constantly going up in price and we now have all these different types to choose from - organic, soya etc -but i still think its good value given what you can do with it.
Nothing beats a nice glass of ice cold milk with a slice of peanut butter toast or a nice bowl of your favourite cereal with milk or some nice pancakes with your favourtie filling.
Milk, nutritionally, is great food as it contains calcium and protein which is important for bone and muscle growth.
I drink a lot of milk when i weight train as it helps the recovery process and with muscle gain. but its also good when you are watching your weight as a glass of low fat milk fills you up due to its protein content.
i cant comment on the 'milky tea may give you cancer' report published, as i drink black tea. but is seems very far fetched to me.
so instead of hogging the biscuits or ice cream, have a nice glass of cold milk when you are feeling peckish. oh it goes down well with a banana! and if you wana look like superman then drink it by the gallon!
Milk is a very basic drink that comes from cows, there are many different uses of milk today, the most common of which is of course to drink it. But it's also added to loads of different foods such as chocolate and cheese is made from it. Here are some facts about milk;
* It's a great source of vitamins and mineral
~ One of the best sources of calcium
* You should drink at least one glass of milk a day
~ Milk contains Calcium, Riboflavin, Phosphorous, Vitamins A,D and B12 and Pantothenic Acid
* It contains lots of high quality proteins
~ Gives you necessary amino acids
* It does unfortunately increase your cholesterol levels
~ It helps to prevent osteoporosis, colon cancer, high blood pressure and type two diabetes
* It helps keep your teeth and bones strong and healthy
~ Milk has been drunk for 6000 years
* The cow is the most commonly milked animal in the world
Milk is really good for you, unless you're lactose intolerant, make sure you get plenty to keep you healthy or if you don't think you're having enough than take some calcium tablets. To make milk more appealing to kids try adding a flavouring such as nesquick which comes in strawberry, banana or chocolate.
***Please note that this is the only milk catagory available and I have waited several months for the a more specific catagory to be added, so for now this will have to do** Although I tend to use semi- skimmed milk on a daily basis, I often find (courtesy of the kids) the empty milk carton in the fridge with no back up. Most of the time this isn't a problem ,but first thing in the morning in the mad school rush going to the shop for more is not an option,so what's a girl supposed to do? Enter, tescos U.H.T(Ultra heat treated) skimmed milk!!! Perusing the shelves of my local Tesco store I noticed the familiar "value" packaging (white with blue stripes) in the long life milk department.Having kept the occasional pint carton of long life semi-skimmed milk in the cupboards for emergencies and having found that they were often tainted in flavor and too small to service the whole family for breakfast I decided to try the value skimmed 1 liter carton. Looking at the carton I observed a good sell by date of at least 1 year, the price was very reasonable so I bought a carton. Getting round to trying it out didn't take too long and i found within a month I needed to call on my "emergency supplies". When it came to opening it I found it fairly easy to open due to perforations at the opening point, something other brands didn't often have. Upon pouring I observed the familiar translucent tone to the milk usually apparent with skimmed milk, often making it appear "watery". The consistency/colour didn't seem any more or less prevalent than fresh or cartoned skimmed milks I have used. The notable exception was that being skimmed it didn't not have the heavy tainted/processed flavor that semi - skimmed seems to and although thinner than fuller fat milks it still had a notable milk taste. So far so good and the cereals didn't go instantly soggy when the milk was added,
something I had found tended to happen with fresh skimmed milk. Upon placing the carton in the fridge for later use I did however notice the shelf life once opened was a mere three days.Fresh milk usually has a shelf life of five to ten days so if you don't use much milk each day you would have to be careful not to leave it hanging around after the three days especially as it is harder to tell that skimmed milk is "turning" (going off) than milk with higher fat contents. I have to take particular notice of such facts as I have a very poor sense of smell and that is usually the first tell tale sign that milks been hanging around too long. On the nutritional front (for those who need to know) 500 ml provides ; Energy 725kj/170 kcal Protein 16.5g Corbohydrate 25g Fat 0.5g I also noted that the packaging gives no hint as to it having been made from recycled material, being cardboard I think that responsible outlets should now be trying to use recycled packaging. My overall verdict is that as an emergency back up it is great.Handy practice and very reasonably priced. As a daily product it is less attractive due to short usage time and the fact that it is skimmed.Health specialists recommend that you do not rely on skimmed milk as a source of nutrition for children and semi-skimmed or preferably standard (non fat reduced) milk is used as part of the staple diet. This product is available from Tescos stores or from www.tesco.com (online shopping). ~ ~ ~ Thank you for reading ~ ~ ~
Crusha milkshake was originally launched into cafes across the UK in the 1950s. The company is part of the Silver Spoon sugar company. Crusha is a syrup based milkshake. You pour the extremely sticky syrup into the bottom of the glass, and top it up with cold milk. The bottle recommends that the syrup:milk ratio is 1:6, although I personally prefer it a bit weaker than this. There is no need to whisk or stir the milkshake, as a perfect mix is obtained just through the turbulent flow of milk when pouring. This is contrary to powder milkshake mixes such as 'Nesquik'. The main flavours are strawberry, banana, chocolate and raspberry, and these are available in most large supermarkets, such as Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys. A 500ml bottle retails for £1.18 at www.asda.co.uk. According to the parent company website (Silver Spoon), there are four other flavours available: Vanilla, Lime, Pineapple and Black Cherry flavours. I have only seen these ones available in catering sized 740ml bottles in wholesale establishments. All the bottle sizes are made from glass and are recyclable. Let's take a closer look at the Raspberry Flavour Crusha - as this is my favourite! It is made with real fruit juice, and (unsurprisingly) has added sugar and sweeteners. A quick look at the ingredients reveals that disappointingly, there is only 2.5% raspberry juice, and there are artificial flavours and colours added, too. Raspberry Crusha is a deep intense pink colour, which fades to a soft pale pink with the addition of milk. The taste is one of glorious artificial raspberry flavour, not a bit like real raspberries -- but this is not a criticism of it. It is very, very sweet. The nutritional values of the syrup, based on one 25ml serving are (these do not include values for the milk that needs to be added!): Energy - 28kcals Protein - Trace Carbohydrate 6.925g (of which sugars 6.825g) Fat - Trace ......obviously n
ot suitable for anyone on the Atkin's diet! The Crusha website can be found at www.crusha.co.uk. It contains competitions, great recipe ideas, information on the history of Crusha, the latest news, and the chance to ask any questions not answered by the website. Crusha is quick and easy to make, tastes good and is good value for money. In my view, it is the best 'instant' milkshake available.
Milk Chocolate M&Ms I grew up with Smarties. They were somehow viewed as better than sweets (though they looked like them) and semi-educational (or at least the tube tops with the letters on were if you collected hundreds and then played scrabble like games with them. We still have 2 million or so in the loft somewhere, from ones we ate and ones we picked up off the ground whilst on rainy day walks). We have pictures of me eating Smarties, age 3, in France. Sitting at birthday party, aged 2, with a handful on my highchair. They’re what I was used to and for ages I didn’t feel the need to try M&Ms, their almost identical twin. M&Ms are much more readily available on the continent than Smarties, though, so they’re what I’m more likely to eat here. In fact, as it happens, I have some in front of me as I write. The concept is simple – you take a round button of milk chocolate, and encase it in a crispy shell. You make another couple of dozen of these, pop them in a bag and sell them. Marvelous. What I like: :O: You get more chocolate than with Smarties, and it’s nicer (Galaxy style vs. whatever Nestle feel like putting in them this week). More chocolate per unit is always good in my book. :O: They melt a lot slower than other firms’ versions (hence the tagline – they melt in your mouth, not in your hand). I eat them slowly here rather than gulping down the whole bag at once, and I much prefer it when, half an hour later as I’m finishing up, my fingers aren’t painted a lovely mix of blue and red as all to often happens with Smarties. We had a teacher at school who used Smarties for make up (blue on the eyes, red on her lips) and would then give us the used ones as prizes in quizzes. This was enough to make me want to switch to M&Ms for life. :O: They are formed as solid pieces, not 2 halves as Smarties seem to be. This means you can bite them whereve
r, but they don’t automatically split down the middle exposing the chocolate and leaving you with a sticky mess. :O: The combination of the sugary outer shell and the chocolate inside make them suitable for sucking or chewing, for when you want chocolate or sweets, for a treat or a snack, for eating sitting down or on the go. Versatility would be their middle name if they were called MvMs. :O: They are cheap – around 45 cents a bag here, maybe 30 p at home. You can get them in minis (in tubes, bags or cubes) or regular, plain of with fillings (crispy style, with peanut butter in some places, full peanuts everywhere, minty chocolate at promotional times). The even come themed – brown and orange ones only for Halloween for example, red and green for Christmas. :O: They are made by Mars thus easy to buy in places where Nestle isn’t readily available (Manchester Students’ Union, random countries only Masterfoods have reached thus far). :O: Because they are individual buttons, not bars, they don’t break when they drop from a vending machine – very important here where those machines are super tall and super violent. M&Ms survive the fall. Chocolate and biscuits often don’t. :O: They sell them at my local pool – the only place near me where you can buy chocolate on a Sunday. If that’s not a reason to like them, I don’t know what is. If you don’t live near me though, you can also get them in petrol stations, supermarkets, chemists, newsagents and cafes. But you knew that already, right? :O: They have good adverts – like the cinema one where the nasty people eat the poor man’s bag of M&Ms, but luckily 2 others have come to see the show, so he can just eat them instead. Do they have that one in the UK? The tag line here is “Jeder will sie haben”, hence the title of the op. That’s pretty much all I have to
say. I’ve been eavesdropping on the “How long is too long?” discussions, and I really don’t think you need 52 million words for a chocolate op. 750 is more than enough. So there you have it: M&Ms rock. Go and buy some right now, ok?
Semi-skimmed milk was introduced in 1973, it can be a great benefit to us, as it has all the goodness of whole milk, but some of the fat has been taken out. It is ideal for people who want to cut down some of the fat content in their diet. I first tried semi-skimmed milk about twelve months ago as I wanted to cut out some of the fat in my diet. I wasn’t to keen on it at first because I had been brought up drinking whole milk with that rich creamy flavour, but when your trying to lose weight you have to sacrifice some things in life. Now I don’t know if it is just me or if it happens to every body who has changed from whole to semi-skimmed. I got used to it after a couple of weeks, and am now hooked on it. If I have whole milk now in my tea, it tastes far to creamy and sickly. We all know that milk is a nourishing drink on its own, but I am sure we sometimes forget how much we do actually rely on milk, we use it on our breakfast cereals, milkshakes, sauces and to make puddings, the list goes on. Semi skimmed milk can be frozen. It's best to freeze in small quantities (1 or 2 pints) it does take a long time to thaw out. During freezing the milk can separate and go watery after thawing. When it has defrosted, shake it really well before using it so that the milk is well blended. Milk has proteins, minerals and a wide range of vitamins. The B12 vitamin which is present in milk can only be found in a natural form if taken from animal products such as meat or milk. Milk is full of calcium it does in a lot of cases provide up to 40% of our calcium intake. Semi-skimmed and skimmed milk still have all the calcium of whole milk, so which ever one you take you are still getting the same amount of calcium. Calcium as we know is important in helping to keep our bones strong. Sainsbury’s semi- skimmed milk is a fresh pasteurised milk . 4 pint/ 2.272 litre bottle costs £1
.35 To recognise the semi-skimmed milk look for a large plastic container with a green lid. There is a logo of a tractor on the label stating that this is British farm standard . TIP………. These containers take up a lot of space in your dust bin. When you have finished your milk take the lid off, squeeze and flatten the bottle as much as you can and then put the lid back on. It makes it a bit smaller thus using less space. This information that I am now going to provide may be useless to some people, but I am sure other people who have allergies will be grateful for it. Free From Nuts Free From Coconut Free From Pine Nuts and Pine Kernels Free From Yeast Free From Additives Free From Artificial Preservatives Free From Artificial Colours Free From MSG (Glutamate) Free From HVP (hydrolysed veg. protein) Free From Shellfish Suitable for Vegetarians Free From Gluten Organic Free From Sesame Seeds Free From Wheat Free From Soya Free From Egg Nutritional info: per 100 ml per serving Energy (kJ) 205.70kj 514.25kj Energy (kcal) 48.90kcal 122.25kcal Protein 3.40g 8.50g Available Carbohydrate 5.00g 12.50g of which - Sugars 5.00g 12.50g Total Fat 1.70g 4.25g of which - Saturates 1.00g 2.50g of which - Mono-unsaturates 0.50g 1.25g Sodium 0.05g 0.13g You should always keep your milk refrigerated and use it within 3 days of purchase, so I would not recommend buying a large container of milk if you are not going to use it within three days. There is a sell by and a use buy date printed on the container. If you are not satisfied or you want more info about this product contact: Freephone: 0800 636262 On the container you will notice that it says produced in the UK for Sainsbury’s. I myself think that they could have given the Cow a mention. After
all it is thanks to them, they produced it.
Milk began containing differing amounts of fat during the 1950s. A serving (1 cup or 250 ml) of 2%-fat milk contains 285 mg of calcium, which represents 22% to 29% of the daily recommended intake (DRI) of calcium for an adult. Depending on the age, 8 grams of protein, and a number of other nutrients (either naturally or through fortification).