Sangati Jogwar

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  • A2 milk is considered much more beneficial to health than A1 milk.
  • Is it really true? Here is what the experts say!

There has been a rapid rise in various lifestyle diseases in the last few years. Apart from that, the Corona pandemic has also exposed people to many medical conditions. And that is the reason people have become very much conscious about their health and want to make healthier choices about the way they eat, drink, sleep, enjoy, and exercise.

Milk is one of the regular drinks consumed in most households across the country, and people have also become sceptical about the type of milk they drink. While since last many decades, only one type of milk was largely consumed across India now there is an introduction of A2 milk which is considered to be much better as compared to A1 milk which is commonly available.

Which is Better: A1 or A2 Milk?

A1 milk is obtained from cows that are of Western origin like Jersey cows. It is the most commonly consumed milk in India. On the other hand, A2 milk is obtained from the cows like Gir and Sahiwal of Indian origin. What makes the A2 milk different is its chemical composition. According to experts, 80% of the protein found in milk is Casein. While A1 cow milk has A1 beta-casein, A2 cow milk has A2 beta-casein.

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The latest studies say that A1 beta-casein found in A1 milk increases the chances of heart disease, Type-1 diabetes and is inflammatory. Also, A1 milk causes more digestive discomfort than A2 milk. But the lactose content in both these types of milk is the same. That is why A2 milk is being promoted as comparatively a healthier option than A1 milk.

Since A1 milk is widely available, it is priced at a lower rate whereas the availability of A2 milk is less, which is why its rates are high. More than that, vendors selling A2 milk have glamourized it as a healthier option which is why the demand for this type of milk has also grown leaps and bounds. Most nutritionists have advised that it is important to drink milk on an everyday basis irrespective of whether it is A2 or A1 milk as both types of milk are rich in vitamin D, calcium, and protein.

Only lactose-intolerant people should switch to plant-based milk.