This article introduces a2 Milk™, my experience with it and its health benefits for children. a2 Milk™ actually changed my life! It might change yours too, so keep reading..
During my son’s two year health and development review, I discussed with our health visitor my concerns about my son not getting his required daily milk and dairy intake and how this could impact his bones, teeth and health in general. After talking about ways and means of how I can encourage him to drink more milk, the health visitor showed me a table illustrating the ‘daily guideline amounts of calcium’. We went though it together seeing the necessary daily amount of calcium for infants, children and adolescents. I understood everything very well until she specified the daily amount for adults. I got a bit shocked there! Do adults need to drink milk too? Is that really necessary?
It all started several years ago when I was doing my masters degree in Switzerland. My flatmate has been lactose intolerant and would never eat anything that I made with milk or other dairy products. She wouldn’t eat oatmeal that I cooked for breakfasts, nor any yoghurts, cakes, ice-creams or anything that contained lactose. Somehow I started avoiding consuming milk and other dairy products myself. Since then, I felt less bloated and my abdominal discomforts which I used to usually have somehow disappeared. So I assumed that I was lactose intolerant as well, just like my friend, although I have never been officially diagnosed with that.
Years have passed without me drinking any milk. As a matter of fact, I did try lactose-free options, such as soya and almond milk, but I never liked the taste. So I avoided milk by all means until the day the health visitor alarmed me that not only kids, but also adults need to get their daily milk and dairy intake, or else they will suffer from weak bones and teeth, and blood pressure problems. Of course I was consuming other products which contained calcium. But when I tried to sum up the total calcium quantities that I consumed daily, I found my self lying short of the minimum daily requirement.
a2 Milk™ is a natural cows’ milk that contains A2 beta-casein protein, while excluding A1 beta-casein protein, to which many people are sensitive. a2 Milk™ is easier to digest than regular cow’s milk and is less likely to cause gastro problems. Although there are other alternatives to cow’s milk, it is still, in my view, tastier and full of necessary nutrients. a2 Milk™ is naturally produced by specially-selected cows, which produce only A2 protein and not the inflammatory A1 protein. The taste is identical to the ordinary cows’ milk, so you won’t be able to tell the difference. I have been enjoying it with my morning oats and smoothies. I’ve been using it when cooking and even baking. I remember when I was first introduced to a2 Milk™, I did not expect it to taste the same as ordinary milk, and actually work in recipes the same as ordinary milk did.
I have been drinking a2 Milk™ and using it to cook and bake for a while now, and I am so pleased to say that I stopped feeling the usual discomfort that I normally got after drinking regular milk. According to The Sunday Times, “Less than 5% of the British population is lactose intolerant. More common is an intolerance to the A1 beta-casein protein found in cow’s milk, which causes similar symptoms to lactose intolerance.”
Most people that feel discomfort after drinking milk make an assumption that they are lactose intolerant without actually being diagnosed with lactose intolerance. In this case, I would really recommend that these people try a2 Milk™ and see how it works for them. a2 Milk™ is not suitable for cows’ milk protein allergy. If you have been medically diagnosed with any milk intolerance, seek advice from your doctor before use.
a2 Milk™ is sold fresh, and as a long life milk, skimmed and whole milk and is available in major UK supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons, Asda and Ocado.
Discovering a2 Milk™ has changed my life and made it much easier. I now can eat the same breakfast that I prepare for my kids, and I’m able to enjoy a scoop of vanilla ice cream again (made with a2 Milk™ of course)! My kids also love a2 Milk™. In fact, they did not notice any difference once we switched from regular milk to a2 Milk™.
Drinking milk has many health benefits for your kids:
- Not only it gives your kids strong and healthy bones, but also aids in kids’ overall growth and development.
- Milk is very rich in calcium. In fact is it one of the best sources of calcium that can ensure strong bones and prevent bone loss.
- It also aids in preventing childhood obesity and reducing fat in their bodies.
- As milk is a great source of calcium and phosphorus, it is crucial to keep your kids’ teeth healthy.
- To keep your kids’ blood pressure in check, it is recommend that they consume 3 portions of milk a day along with a low salt diet.
- Drinking milk can help keep your kids’ bodies stay hydrated.
- Drinking milk can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases in kids.
How much milk should your kid drink a day?
- It is recommended at age of 1 to introduce cow’s milk in your child’s diet.
- At age 1-2 years, your child needs a high-fat diet for a healthy brain development. It is recommended that your child consumes around 4 cups (2 litre) of milk a day.
- Ages 2-3 should drink 2 cups (500ml) of milk a day.
- Ages 4-8 should drink 2.5 (625ml) of milk a day.
My kids love milk, and almost never make up any excuses to avoid drinking milk. However, I understand that many kids do not like the taste of milk and get very picky when it comes to drinking milk. And that of course can be solved by coming up with fun ways to include milk in your kids’ diets, such as making flavoured milk using fruit, adding it into smoothies, ice lollies, cakes or even pasta!
Here are a few recipes for you to try that use a2 Milk™:
Peach Strawberry Ice Lollies by Bintu
Scottish Haddock Soup by Claire
Fluffy Milk Rolls by Kate
Blueberry Panna Cotta by Jane
And our Healthy Berry Breakfast Smoothie
Disclaimer: a2 Milk™ is not suitable for cows’ milk protein allergy. If you have been medically diagnosed with any milk intolerance, seek advice from your doctor before use.
This is a commissioned post for a2 Milk™. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Little Sunny Kitchen happen. All opinions are my own.