Protein – The Building Block:
Indian diet is predominantly cereal based and lacks consumption of Proteins – the building blocks of our bones, muscles and skin. The actual protein intake of an average Indian is around 0.6gm per kg body weight which is significantly lesser than the recommended 1gm per kg body weight per day.
It is important to eat protein everyday as our body does not store it like fats or carbohydrates. Protein rich diet includes consumption of meat, nuts, pulses, milk and milk products.
Milk is considered as a ‘complete protein’ as it contains all the 9 types of essential amino acids for our body to function at its best. Casein and Whey are the two high quality proteins found in milk. 80% of the total protein content in Cow milk is Casein. Amongst the different types of casein sourced in milk, Beta- casein is the most prevalent form. A1 beta-casein and A2 beta-casein are the 2 most common forms of Beta-casein. Most of the regular milk available in the market contains A1 beta-casein. Studies suggest that consumption of A1 beta-casein could be harmful and A2 beta-casein is a safer alternative.
The probable harmful effects of A1 beta-casein include increased risk of:
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Heart disease
- Digestive problems including Lactose intolerance
Desi cow or indigenous cow breeds like Gir, Sahiwal, Rathi etc. have a genetic structure that yields A2 milk protein.
These pure breeds of cow, need to graze freely across green pastures to produce nutrient dense A2 beta-casein protein milk.
The structure of A2 milk protein is more similar to human breast milk which ensures
- improved digestion of milk
- enhanced Nutrition and
- better tolerability