Milk is the secret ingredient in our favourite baked goods, the perfect refreshment alongside a sleeve of cookies, and the key to many of the most delicious cheeses around the world. So, if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a tummy ache after enjoying what this amazing beverage has to offer, who’s more upset? Your stomach, or you, who might have to give up milk in the name of your health?
It’s normal to assume that if you’re experiencing problems after consuming milk that you’re lactose-intolerant. So normal, in fact, that many of us don’t bother getting it checked out because the answer seems obvious. But what if we told you that it’s not so obvious? That maybe you don’t have to give up milk after all? Being lactose-intolerant is an excellent reason to forgo lactose, but if you haven’t been tested, you might be assuming incorrectly and depriving yourself of delicious dishes such as these cauliflower mac & cheese bites.
And, if that’s the case, a2 Milk™ might be the answer you’ve been looking for to continue loving milk guilt-free!
What is a2 Milk™?
A2 protein milk is a variety of cows’ milk that lacks a form of beta-casein proteins found in A1 milk. Back in 2000 in Australia, the founder of a2 Milk Company™, Dr. Corran McLachlan, discovered that the proteins in milk affect people differently.
Unlike most milks on the market that are produced with A1 milk, A2 protein milk is a gut-friendly, easy-to-digest alternative that is just as delicious as what you’re used to. To help some avoid the stomach discomfort that can sometimes result from consuming milk, the good folks at a2 Milk Company™ use only cows that naturally produce only the A2 protein. Not only do they use heritage A2 cows, but they also test every batch of their milk at various points throughout the process to help ensure their milk is always pure A2 protein milk.
Pretty cool, right? This breakthrough discovery has been huge for many milk lovers who assumed that milk was something of the past. Of course, it’s important to know if what you’re suffering from is indeed lactose-intolerance, but many of us will be shocked to learn that it has nothing to do with lactose at all.
According to their website, “originally all cows’ milk started with [the] A2 protein only,” but that “over time A1 protein developed” as a result of mixed herds. As a result, regular cows’ milk today is a mix of both A1 and A2 proteins.
What can I make with a2 Milk™?
If you’re only now discovering that you might not be lactose-intolerant after all, congratulations! Today is a day worth celebrating! Because A2 protein milk is the exact same as the milk you’re used to, save for the type of protein, it’s good wherever you need it. To make matters even better, a2 Milk Company™ has a lot of delicious recipes including these cheesy bite-sized cauliflower bites if you’re looking for some inspiration.
Pick up their whole, 2%, or half-and-half milks at The Sweet Potato in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood or through our Instacart, and discover how udderly great it really is!