8 June 2014
a2 Milk is Proud to be a Sponsor
With The Turks Head 10k Fun Run taking place this Sunday, 8 June, as one of the event sponsors, a2 Milk’s in-house nutritionist Melanie Bibby discusses the invaluable benefits and reasons why we all should be drinking cows’ milk.
Q&A with a2 Milk’s Melanie Bibby
Got Milk? Here’s why you should…
Cows’ milk has an irreplaceable package of nutrients that cannot be found in any other single food or beverage and its benefits are often underestimated. It’s a great provider of calcium, protein, phosphorous and magnesium, all of which are essential for healthy bone growth and development.
Adequate consumption of cows’ milk from early childhood and throughout life can help to make teeth and bones strong and protect them against diseases like osteoporosis in later life.
The Ultimate Post-Workout Drink
Cows’ milk is also packed with protein – essential for growth, repair and maintenance of the body. For the physically active or those in training, cows’ milk is the ultimate post-training workout as it re-hydrates the body rapidly and has more potassium and electrolytes than any sports drink.
Healthy, Strong Teeth and Bones:
Cows’ milk is an excellent source of calcium. From aiding normal growth and teeth and bone development in children to maintaining strong bones as we get older, cows’ milk is an essential part of everyone’s daily diet.
Pregnancy is a critical time for a woman to consume enough calcium as it helps baby’s bone development in the womb. In addition, if not enough calcium is consumed to sustain the needs of the baby, it’s taken from mum, decreasing her bone mass.
As well as growth and bone development, calcium also contributes to the normal blood clotting and muscle formation in the body.
The recommended daily intake of calcium depends on your age and gender and whether or not you are pregnant or breastfeeding but below is a summary of the intake per day for you and your family.
Dietary reference values for calcium (mg/day)
Age RNI (mg/d)
0–12 months 525
1–3 years 350
4–6 years 450
7–10 years 550
11–14 years, male 1000
11–14 years, female 800
15–18 years, male 1000
15–18 years, female 800
19–50 years 700
50+ years 700
During pregnancy & lactation you have to add 550
- 100g of cows’ milk contains 130mg
What is a2 Milk?
a2 Milk is a fresh, delicious cows’ milk which naturally contains only the A2 protein. a2 Milk may help those who experience sensitivities when drinking cows’ milk.
Did you know that not all milk is the same? Cow’s milk contains different types of protein – including ones called A1 and A2. These two proteins digest quite differently from each other, with the A1 protein being linked to discomfort after drinking milk. Some people who suffer from a sensitivity to milk may actually be reacting to this specific A1 protein, rather than lactose (or sugars in milk) as is commonly assumed.
Originally, all cows only produced the A2 protein but, during domestication by humans, A1 protein became the norm. Despite this, a minority of cows continue to produce the A2 protein, and these are the cows that give us a2 milk. The a2 Milk Company works 20 herds of these lovely, naturally A2 milk producing cows in the Shropshire and North Wales area producing fresh a2 milk every day , helping Britain get back to the pleasure of drinking milk.
For more information, images or interviews with Melanie Bibby, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 0203 551 3954
Notes to editor
About Melanie Bibby:
- Melanie is a Registered Nutritionist and a member of the Nutrition Society
- Melanie has worked as a consultant for various international companies including CA Technologies, Slimavite and Pfizer amongst others, offering a wide range of nutritional service including menu analysis, proof reading commercial nutritional copy, writing papers for publication and answering questions from the public.
- In addition, Melanie has been a regular guest nutrition expert on various local radio stations
About A2 Milk
- A2 beta casein is the description of one of the major proteins in milk.
- All mammal milk, including human breast milk, goat’s milk and sheep’s milk contain the A2 protein.
- Originally all cows had A2 protein in their milk. Over the centuries and due to a fluke of nature the A1 beta casein protein has become the predominant protein in Western cows’ milk.
- There is a significant and growing body of research which supports the view that for a significant portion of the population the A2 protein passes through the gut faster and with less gastrointestinal issues
- Medically diagnosed lactose intolerance is a condition that affects a small segment of the population where there is an intolerance to the lactase or sugars in milk. Neither A2 nor A1 milk is not recommended for sufferers.
- Likewise a2 Milk, like standard A1 milk is not suitable for those with a diagnosed cow’s milk allergy, lactose intolerance, galactosaemia or other milk protein intolerances.
About a2 Milk UK
- The a2 Milk Company Ltd was set up in New Zealand and is now headquartered in Australia, and has around 10 percent market share of the Australian fresh milk market.
- In 2012, a2 Milk UK was set up as a subsidiary with 20 a2 farms throughout Shropshire and North Wales. The farmers who set up as a2 farms were helped to DNA test their existing cows retaining those that were A2 and bringing in more A2 cows to supplement their herds – setting up the UK’s first sizable population of A2 cows.
- The a2 Milk Company strongly believes in the benefits of milk and dairy both to individuals and the economy and is a strong supporter of UK Dairy.
- a2 Milk UK’s mission is to educate all consumers that not all cows’ milk is the same, and just because they’ve struggled with side effects from cows’ milk before, a2 milk could be a different and very positive option.
- The a2 Milk Company has hundreds of testimonials from people who have switched to a2 Milk and enjoy real benefits.
- a2 Milk farmers are paid a supplement above the rate they would normally receive for producing milk. The 20 farmers are strong personal advocates of the benefits of a2 Milk. (Interviews available on request)