GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED
In recent years there has been a greater awareness and understanding of food allergies and intolerances with a much larger range of products available for those who need them. For example there are now a wide range of dairy alternatives for people who have trouble digesting cows milk. Many people who have experienced digestive problems after consuming milk assume they are lactose intolerant though only 5% of these people seek a formal medical diagnosis. My boyfriend thinks that he may be showing signs of lactose intolerance though as yet he hasn't sought a proper diagnosis and will still occasionally indulge in ice cream and suffer the consequences. He has tried lactose free milk which seems to work for him but when I found out about the new a2 Milk he was willing to try it to see if it made any difference. I also wanted to give it a go as even though I'm fine with all forms of processed dairy, i.e. cheese, yoghurt etc, I seem to find that milky drinks don't sit quite right with me and tend to avoid them.
It turns out that not all cows milk is the same, research has found that there are different types of proteins in milk including the A1 and A2 proteins. Regular dairy cows produce milk that contains both the A1 and A2 protein. Studies show that the A1 protein breaks down more slowly in the body, and for some people this can lead to uncomfortable symptoms that are similar to those of lactose intolerance. But for many of these people, the problem isn't lactose (which is the sugar in milk) at all – the A1 protein could be the issue.
The a2 Milk Company have worked with 20 farms in the Shropshire, Cheshire and North Wales regions to identify cows from existing herds that naturally produce milk containing only the A2 protein and no A1 protein (It's a hereditary thing & yes they are called a2 Cows). Currently they have around 3,000 certified A2 cows producing pure a2 milk for them, mostly Friesians and Holsteins. The only difference is that it's missing the A1 protein that maybe causing trouble for so many people. In Australia a2 Milk has been on sale for over 10 years and now it is available in the UK this gives people the chance to see if it is the right thing for them.
The good news is that a2 Milk costs about the same as regular milk at £1/litre and is available in selected branches of all the major supermarkets or from Ocado. You can find your nearest stockist by checking on the a2 Milk Company website.
We have been trying the a2 Milk for a couple of weeks and I have rediscovered how nice an iced coffee can be during the hot summer days without having any discomfort. My boyfriend has said that he hasn't noticed any of the side effects that he normally experiences when drinking regular milk, so for him this is a very positive thing. If you think that you might be intolerant to the A1 protein rather than lactose then it could be worth trying this milk for yourself.
I'm giving one lucky reader the chance to win a months supply of a2 Milk (as vouchers), all you have to do is follow the instructions below to enter.
- This giveaway is open to UK residents only.
- The giveaway closing date is 11:59PM 15th July 2014
- There is one prize available of a month's supply of a2 Milk provided as vouchers
- A comment on this blog post is a mandatory entry method, any additional entry methods e.g. tweeting etc are optional but will give you more chances to win. All entry methods made via the gleam widget will be validated so please don't say you've tweeted etc if you haven't as the entry will not count.
- The winner will be chosen using the gleam random number generator.
- The winner will be contacted by Blue Kitchen Bakes via the email address you used to access the gleam widget with.
- The prize will be sent to you from a2 Milk.
- The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
- Blue Kitchen Bakes accepts no responsibility for any delivery problems encountered.
This is a sponsored post, all views and opinions are my own.