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A1 and A2 milk - should more cows get tested?

Saturday, March 09, 2013

After reading enough to know that A1 milk can possibly cause type 1 diabetes and heart disease I'm wondering why the US is far behind New Zealand and Australia as far as testing cows. At least bulls that are popular sires should be tested so that dairy farmers have the option to breed cows that carry the A2 genes. The test is now available through UC Davis vet school in the United States and it is fairly inexpensive at $25.00 per cow. For all those who get their milk from small local producers let them know about this option. Whether milk is A1 or A2 is potentially much more important then whether the milk is organic or raw. In the meantime it may be worth it to switch to goat milk, which is always A2.
Here is the website at UC Davis that explains about the testing.


We need to demand healthy, high quality foods from our producers to bring about changes in the food industry.
We have offered to the owners of the dairy we buy from to pay for testing for one of their animals. It is a very small investment that will be worth it very quickly. emoticon
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    I have never really liked milk . Thankfully my mom never forced us to drink it. I do like raw milk but it is illegal to buy here. Nothing better then home made goat milk cheese ;)
    I believe that the government does not care about our health they only care about money and new and improved way to line their pockets. LOL I here know they would like to put aspartame in milk. WHY?????
    1870 days ago
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    I've never been all that fond of milk (except maybe with cookies!), but I do love some good cheese, sour cream, heavy cream and especially butter, which I will NOT give up! Being off dairy for over 6 weeks at a time does not seem to have made any difference in anything with me, so I'm not gonna worry too much about it, but if there's really that big a difference in A1 and A2 cows, something should be done to at least identify the types.
    1870 days ago
    Dairy producers simply need to turn it into a "benefit" as opposed to a "feature" of their products. If they can find even a shred of evidence that more people can tolerate the A2 product than the A1 then more people will buy more dairy, and A2 in preference to the A1. It's all in the marketing.
    1871 days ago
    I've heard the argument that milk is for baby animals before and it does make sense. On the other hand there are people groups that have been drinking milk from domesticated animals like cows, goats, sheep and camels for thousands of years with no ill effects like the ones that seem to be coming from A1 milk.
    My daughter has had to deal with acne and neither giving up grains and legumes nor giving up dairy has made any difference in her case. I suspect that there are other factors involved as well.
    I do suspect that people who are sensitive to dairy will either dislike it or crave it. For me, having grown up on lots of dairy, I've always loved cheese, yogurt and cream and those were harder for me to give up.
    The difficulty I have with almond and coconut products is not just the taste, which does not even come close to dairy for me, but the fact that both are much lower in protein than dairy so I have to consume much more or get my protein from meat and eggs. This is why I'm hoping that A2 dairy will work for me on at least an occasional basis.
    1871 days ago
    Wow! Thanks for sharing.
    1871 days ago
    You are so right. I started years ago making small changes to my diet. Every month, my husband and I still make one small change. It's amazing how quickly the changes add up.
    Thanks for the info on mild.
    1871 days ago
    Some really interesting points here and some great comments.

    Thanks for bringing this topic to your blog

    Country Living Team

    1871 days ago
    Even as a child, when my mother would try to force me to drink my milk, it's good for you, I would resist. I'm not a cow, I would argue, so how is cow milk good for me? I never liked milk at all, but back then in the 70s choices like soy/almond milk did not exist in my area stores, and cereal was our daily breakfast. Eventually I discovered I was lactose intolerant and much later figured out milk and dairy products were causing bad acne. By that time it was much easier to find milk alternatives and I switched several years ago and have never looked back.

    I have not done the research but I still maintain cow milk is for cows and there is no inherent reason why humans should be drinking it. Just recently I've seen references to a study that shows cow milk might actually leach calcium from your bones instead of building them like the industry promotes. I haven't read the study yet so I can't comment but I do know there are plenty of other ways to get your calcium, which your body can only absorb in small doses at a time anyway.

    My parents, unfortunately, are still convinced that milk is a necessary staple of life.
    1871 days ago
    My daughter would say we live in a chemical world and that you canna avoid all chemicals. I think we can if its done properly. Another though - man is the only animal that purposesly drinks the milk of another animal - read that somewhere, i don't do the regular dairy often enough to worry about it. I drink almond milk, when I need milk. I get it unsweetened. Keep up the research - and remember that the US is a much larger country with vast resources then Australia and New Zealand who are more into protecting their industry because of that, or so I've heard. emoticon
    1871 days ago
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