5 Common questions about milk, answered

You've got questions, we've got answers. When it comes to milk, we field lots of questions about the creamy white stuff and decided to share the top inquiries with you today. Pour a tall glass or add a splash of milk to your coffee mug and settle in to learn a few intriguing facts about the beverage you've been enjoying since your toddler years. Here are five common questions about milk, answered.

Does Milk Contain Fat?

Yes, milk contains beneficial fats that help keep us healthy. Our bodies need fat for energy production and to facilitate the absorption of some nutrients.  Choose which variety of milk -- whole, low-fat, or fat free -- works best with your caloric needs and enjoy. Just keep in mind, an adult shouldn't consume more than 20 grams of saturated fat per day when following a 2,000 calorie plan, per Harvard Health Publishing. If you're close to the daily recommendation, save the carton of a2 Milk® Whole for a splash in your coffee and use a2 Milk® Fat Free when it comes to your next breakfast creation, like these Lemon raspberry pancakes.

Is Milk a Good Source of Protein?

Yes! We often talk about the differences between A1 and A2 beta-casein proteins (here's the inside scoop), that sometimes we forget to mention why protein is important in the first place! The proteins in milk are considered 'complete' because they contain all nine essential amino acids that our bodies need each day to thrive, according to a 2016 study from the School of Pharmacy at Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services. The study also states that protein in milk aids in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, the healthy functioning of the immune system, and balancing blood pressure.

What is Homogenized Milk?

Homogenization is a process that milk undergoes to give it a smooth, creamy consistency, according to The Dairy Checkoff, in-part led by the National Dairy Council. The process breaks apart the fat content in the milk, so it's evenly distributed. This makes milk extra smooth in texture and delicious with every sip! Milk that hasn't been homogenized will form a thick layer of cream at the top of the glass or container when sitting still. The benefit of homogenized milk is its even consistency, which makes it more enjoyable on the palate and consistent in texture and nutritional content when used in recipes.

Is a2 Milk® Real Milk?

Our milk comes from dairy cows, so yes, it's very real! We choose specific cows to work with that only produce the A2 protein. We do this because we've learned that people who sometimes have digestive upset when consuming other milks find relief, and can enjoy milk again when they choose a2 Milk®. You can learn more about the very special herds and dairy farmers we work with here.

How Can I Get Milk In My Diet Without Drinking It?

We understand. Some people simply don't love drinking plain milk, but know how beneficial it can be for their bodies. Well, thankfully there are several ways to incorporate milk into your day. Why not try making homemade ice cream? Even the kids will ask for a scoop! Or, use milk as a base for a creamy soup for dinner tonight. Milk is also the main ingredient in half & half, so next time you want to jazz up that morning java, reach for a carton of a2 Milk® Half and Half.

Do you have more common questions about milk? You might enjoy reading our FAQ.

Ready to stock your refrigerator with a few cartons of a2 Milk®? As you rethink your milk choices, browse our varieties of white, chocolate and half & half online here. Here's to enjoying more fresh, healthy, protein-packed milk each day! 

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