Tuesday, 1 July 2014

a2 Milk Giveaway and Review

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. 

Terms and conditions
  • 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.

One month's supply of a2 Milk vouchers

92 comments:

  1. Sarah Maclean1 July 2014 17:22

    Really useful prize, thank you

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  2. Great prize! We go through 4 pints a day at least!

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  3. super prize - fingers crossed

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  4. Great for cereals and sauces

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  5. With kids in the house we get through so much milk. This prize would be lovely.

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  6. Hazel Hulson2 July 2014 18:27

    Love to try this milk to see if it helps my older son has allergy problems.

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  7. Great giveaway, please pick me
    Claire D

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  8. this would come in handy in our house xx

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  9. great giveaway, we love milk :)

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  10. Great, I love milk, can be used with so many things.

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  11. great practical useful prize

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  12. great prize thanks for the chance xx

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  13. great prize go through so much milk in our house am thinking of buying a cow

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  14. Very useful prize,thank you.

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  15. Yes, very useful, thankyou, my kids do love milk!

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  16. Wonderful, healthy prize. I love milk

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  17. What a really useful prize, the amount of milk we get through in our house I often joke to the kids that there trampoline will have to go as we are going to need to get a cow!!!!

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  18. great giveaway fingers crossed

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  19. Very interesting to read this. Hubby is quite bad with milk, even an ice cream has side effects, but he is fine with sheep and goat products. I have different symptoms, and even if we don't win, will try this product out. Thanks

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  20. Great prize - very useful!

    Ashleigh

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  21. Fab giveaway, Thank you :)

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  22. Fab prize considering the amount my teenagers use every day!!

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  23. Sounds fab, fingers crossed

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  24. Great Giveaway!

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  25. Great giveaway, we drink lots of milk. Thank you

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  26. I love to cut my shopping bill with prize wins.

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  27. fab prize! fingers crossed x

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  28. You can never have enough milk

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  29. Rachel Davies9 July 2014 17:04

    Fab - we get through so much milk - @Rcd2129 on twitter

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  30. Great prize for us as we get through loads of milk!

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  31. Great prize; healthy and money-saving!

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  32. Possibly the most useful prize ever!

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  33. Nigel Greaves13 July 2014 15:10

    Would love to try this!

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  34. Never tried a2 milk, but would love to give a go for my morning cereal!

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  35. Thank you for running this giveaway

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  36. this would be good as I now have issues with the stomach
    ELISHA

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  37. great prize and get through a fair amount so would be really handy

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  38. the taste is so much more fresher

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  39. I'd love to try this because I really miss milk in my diet.

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  40. great prize my kids love milk

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  41. what a great prize!

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  42. I've never tried this milk! Sounds like a great idea

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  43. This would be really useful

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  44. The one thing I must never run out of is my milk...!!

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  45. Pam Francis Gregory14 July 2014 21:00

    Great giveaway - Thanks

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  46. Very useful prize, we go through so much milk!

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  47. Good prize offer.

    Rachel Craig

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  48. great prize

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  49. Love this milk it causes very little bloating, really good.

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  50. Fab giveaway, use quite alot of milk so this would come in very handy, thankyou x

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  51. That's very interesting, I have been using almond & coconut milks for years now but I do miss cows milk so I'm glad iread this :)

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  52. Would love to try a2 Milk, never seen it before, but it sure looks like a top quality brand :)

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  53. Very useful prize, thanks for this.

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  54. Fab prize, would love to win

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  55. Great prize as we drink gallons in our house!!

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  56. this would be fab, we get through lots of milk!

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  57. would love to try it. thank you

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