Wednesday, August 1, 2018

New A2 Milk Brand Vitamin D Ultra-Pasteurized 100% Real Milk Product Review

A2 Milk Brand Milk
A Moo For You

The Product: A2 Milk Brand Vitamin D Ultra-Pasteurized Whole Milk, Half Gallon Carton, by the A2 Milk Company

The Details: There have been a spate of new dairy products (and dairy substitutes) hitting the market. Re-imagined yogurts and cottage cheeses, milk variations and alternatives. Recently, I had the chance to try an "A2 Milk." There are several versions being put out by different companies. In this case, A2 Milk Brand milk is real dairy milk that comes from cows (mainly Guernseys) which naturally produce an A2 protein, instead of the more prevalent A1 protein found in regular dairy milk.

Many people have digestive issues concerning dairy and often assume (incorrectly) that they are lactose intolerant. It turns out that the A1 protein may be more difficult to digest than the A2 protein. So what is assumed to be lactose intolerance (which is actually apparently somewhat rare) may only be an adverse reaction to the A1 protein. Switching to an A2 protein milk might allow such people to "enjoy real milk again" without worrying about digestive discomfort. Obviously, individual results may vary, but people have been reporting some success with such a switch.

Personally, I don't have issues with dairy. Thank goodness! Because I love me some DAIRY, but I do have some family members who have issues. So while I can drink regular dairy milk (and do) these new "specialty" milks were on my radar and I'd become curious about them. I had heard that even for people who don't seem to have problems with dairy such milk might be better. So in the interest of science and due to my innate curiosity, I resolved to give A2 milk a try, if a good opportunity presented itself.

Some weeks ago, I noticed that my local Publix had the half gallon cartons on sale 2/$6.00. Plus it so happened that I had two manufacturer's print coupons to save $1.00 Off Any A2 Milk Brand Product which (along with a squishy cow stress toy) I had won via a Facebook promotion. I combined the sale with the coupons and paid 2/$4.00 plus tax (or $4.29) out the door. Additionally, the Ibotta app had a coinciding rebate to "Save $1.00 Off A2 Milk Brand Half Gallon Carton" which could be redeemed up to two times per receipt (plus there was another generic rebate for $0.25 on Any Item). I submitted my receipt and got $2.25 back, making it only $2.04 for both. I don't know about you, but I think $1.02 for a half gallon of milk is a great price!

Considering this particular milk has a $4.29 MSRP per half gallon carton (normally at my local Publix), this was a "Try Me with No Regrets" price.

The Verdict: This is great milk for drinking. It was dense, rich and creamy. It satisfied my palette. Given the opportunity, I would actually drink it in lieu of regular milk. (I didn't try cooking with it but assume it would do well.) Regardless of whether science eventually bears out that the A2 protein is truly easier for most humans to digest than the A1 protein, this was great tasting milk. Since I'm not lactose intolerant and don't suffer from dairy discomfort, I didn't need the scientific research as an impetus to drink this milk. It was strictly a taste test. For those who do have dairy issues, if you miss drinking milk this product may be worth trying, because some people have reported that it does not cause them discomfort. (You will have to decide if it's worth the risk. How much do you miss being able to drink milk?) 

Rated: Put it on your shelf! A definite BUY for anyone who likes dairy/doesn't have dairy issues.

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