It has been scientifically proven that the breed of cow from which the milk is coming determines the nutritiousness and health benefits of the milk. In this regard, the scientific community, as well as the farmers, are currently divided on the protein in milk present as components A1 and A2 ( ScientificallyA1 Beta Casein and A2 Beta Casein. A1 and A2 are actually the major ingredients out of 13 different kinds of Beta caseins which collectively form 80% of the protein in milk. Regular milk, especially from European cows contains both A1 and A2 beta-casein. Studies have shown that A1 beta –casein is harmful and A2 beta-casein is a far better option. This is the basis of all the “A1 vs A2” conflict.
The mass-produced commercial milk has A1 beta-casein, it is, in turn, converted into beta casomorphin-7 (BCM-7). It is this BCM-7 that ultimately has been known to cause many health issues. Majorly, A1 milk’s consumption since childhood has been shown to increase the risk of diabetes, heart ailments, sudden infant death syndrome (in milk consuming children), autism (when consumed by mother over a long time, before and during pregnancy), digestive intolerance and cancer. It also has been known to cause bloating, which ultimately makes an individual lazy and hence is indirectly responsible for a lot of lifestyle diseases.
In this regard, A2 milk is totally free of A1-beta casein. It has been known through studies that our Indian cow breeds are quite capable of producing A2 milk. This is the pure milk that nourished our ancestors and made them an ideal nation for thousands of years. Scientifically speaking, even when consuming in raw form, A2 milk has been known to inculcate a healthy lifestyle by simply removing the bloated feeling and any form of physical fatigue. A2 milk has also been known to be safely consumed by people who are lactose intolerant, which has made many people claiming that A2 milk is lactose-free milk. In actuality, it is “The milk for lactose intolerant”.
Western civilization has understood the value of living close to nature and not interfering with it much. As a result, demand for organic milk has gone up. In our country, organic milk would simply mean that the milk has been sourced from a cow which is respected as a part of the family. And hence, A2 milk has been available to us because of the respect that our culture has always bestowed on the cow.
The debate on A1 and A2 is continuous. It is in our own benefit that we should adopt A2 milk as our source of nutrition. In this process, Gauvardan has taken pioneering steps by not only sourcing milk from the native Indian breeds but also by educating communities about the need of conserving, respecting and taking care of the Indian cow breeds.