Lactose intolerance: fact or fiction?

You may be sensitive to the A1 protein found in most milk today.

Love milk, but milk doesn’t love you?

Do you experience digestive issues after drinking milk? You aren’t alone – in fact, one in four Americans say they experience digestive discomfort after drinking milk. And while you may think it’s lactose intolerance, we call it post-dairy digestive discomfort because lactose might NOT be the problem.

Many people, even trained healthcare professionals, assume if they have discomfort after drinking milk that they’re lactose intolerant without being tested to make sure. But research suggests that only about 5-7% of these cases can be attributed to Lactose Intolerance!

What is Lactose Intolerance?

Lactose Intolerance means the body cannot easily digest lactose, a type of natural sugar found in milk and dairy foods. When lactose moves through your digestive system without being properly digested, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as gas, tummy grumbles, bloating and diarrhea.

Lactose Intolerance occurs when your body doesn’t make enough of an enzyme called lactase which is needed to digest lactose. Symptoms usually begin 30 minutes to 2 hours after drinking milk.

Research has shown that even people with low levels of lactase can drink up to a cup of milk at a time without experiencing any GI symptoms.

Maybe the problem isn’t lactose

For many Americans, post-dairy digestive discomfort symptoms, like gas, bloating, tummy grumbles and diarrhea, could be the result of an intolerance to the A1 protein that’s in most US cows’ milk, NOT lactose.

A growing body of research shows that the byproducts of A1 protein digestion can cause inflammation in the gut, that results in symptoms that look like lactose intolerance. Lactose-free milk may not solve the problem and only relieve some of the symptoms.

a2 Milk® is the only milk that is guaranteed free-from the A1 protein, and it may be easier to digest.

How can a2 Milk® help…

a2 Milk® is dairy milk for lactose intolerant symptoms that may not actually be due to lactose intolerance, but a sensitivity to the A1 protein. The cows make all the difference! We work directly with our farmers to hand-select their herds by testing each cow, checking that it produces milk with only the A2 protein and no A1. The result? Deliciously fresh a2 Milk®. If you’ve experienced some digestive issues because of the A1 protein, you can now enjoy the nutritional benefits of real cows’ milk.

Not all cows’ milk is the same

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