Coffee is a staple food in our flat. The day hasn’t started before the first cup, and while we limit our intake, going coffee-less is unthinkable. However, while this unites us, we’re a bit Jack Spratt & his wife about the best way of drinking it. I always have milk in mine, while H can only drink black. This does give me a greater range of choice when out and about: filter to macchiato via flat white, cappuccino and latte. She just goes “eugh” at anything other than hot and black.
H’s aversion to milky coffee isn’t from an intolerance, it’s just that she prefers her coffee black. But for the 1 in 5 Britons who report difficulties digesting milk, they do not have much choice on how to drink their coffee – it is either black or plant milk.
Many issues with digesting milk are frequently thought to be an intolerance to lactose; recent research from China shows that a different culprit might be to blame.
Milk contains two types of beta-casein protein, the A1 and the A2 type. In a double blind test, 45 subjects who had been clinically diagnosed with lactose intolerance, were split into two groups and given milk that had either the A1 or A2 type of beta-casein protein. Those given the A2 milk protein reported that it was significantly more gentle on their digestive system and the A2 group also performed better on cognitive function tests. The results of the study are being published in the peer-reviewed Nutrition Journal.
Historically cows’ milk only contained the A2 protein, with the A1 protein first appearing when cows were first domesticated. Nowadays the A1 protein is prevalent across Western dairy herds. Symptoms of A1 intolerance are very similar to those of lactose intolerance.
For a more understandable view of the results, a2 milk – who supply milk from cows who naturally only produce the A2 beta-casein protein – have made this short film, explaining about why you might not be lactose intolerant but reacting to the A1 protein instead.
To learn more about a2 milk visit their website here. Please also consult your GP for advice if you are concerned about food allergies or intolerances. I am not a medical professional and this post does not contain medical advice.
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