Although many of us want to believe that A2 milk is a miracle cure for our dairy problems, it's important to know that there are other dairy components—besides the A1 beta-casein protein—that cause problems. With conventional dairy, we also see increased use of antibiotics, growth hormone, a greater proportion of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, and genetically modified (GMO) feed. All these things can contribute to chronic inflammation and dairy intolerances that might not be completely resolved by just switching to A2 milk. And while science isn't conclusive about the A1 versus A2 debate, in my practice I find that patients with gut issues do better by either going dairy-free or using exclusively A2 milk—which can be found at many farmers markets.
For Christina, avoiding certain forms of dairy eliminated many of her health issues. She found sheep and goat milks to be less problematic since they contain smaller, more easily digestible fat globules and less lactose than cow's milk. She also tried dairy alternatives like coconut, almond, and cashew nut milks. She traded her lattes for coconut creamer in black coffee sweetened with stevia, and found a no-sugar-added coconut milk "ice cream" that satisfied her late-night dairy craving. Altogether, she decided cow's milk wasn't for her, but if you do drink cow's milk, ideally buy it raw if your state allows it. Otherwise, A2 milk from grass-fed cows is best and organic is better than conventional.
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