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A2 or not A2? That is the question.
Member Name: trayrope
Advantages: Tastes like regular milk, widely available.
Disadvantages: Expensive, not very effective.
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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Summary: I gave this trial a go but it did nothing for me or my family.