A2 Milk vs. Raw Dairy Products

Over the past few years, our TOP frequently asked question has been on the subject of raw milk and A2/A1. Many have heard about this new "A2 thing" and some get confused with the science and difference between raw milk, milk alternatives, pasteurized milk, grass milk, etc. In a world where there are more dairy and dairy-alternative options on the shelf, we thought we would help explain the differences.


If You Are Confused, You Are NOT Alone

Current retail available A2 branded milk is pasteurized; often UHT (ultra-high heat) pasteurized.  The A2 Corporation markets their A2 protein milk as healthier for you, yet they subject the proteins to very high temperatures to prolong shelf life. How can such a highly processed food be easy to digest?

Raw milk is a whole complete food. Processed milk is not.  Organic, pasture-grazed raw dairy is the best choice.

What is A2 Milk?

The science of A2/A1 is not fully understood within the industry or consumer base. What we do know is that cows with A2 genetics have one amino acid different (the beta-casein protein BCM-7 to be exact) out of the 209 Beta-casein amino acids found in milk. Beta-casein makes up approximately 30% of cow milk proteins.  There are approximately 2500 different proteins found in milk and each protein has a specific function. It’s important to understand that most cows produce a mix of A1 and A2 Beta-casein. The science of how that one different amino acid affects human health is not fully understood.   Once these delicate proteins are pasteurized, then they are altered from its natural state.

Is Pasteurized A2 Milk Different From Raw Milk? 

Organic, pasture-grazed raw dairy is the best choice because raw milk is a whole and complete food. Processed milk is not. 

Organic Pastures’ raw dairy products are simply that- products made from milk that is unprocessed, whole, and living, with all of its probiotic bacteria. NEVER pasteurized (heated), homogenized (crushed), or otherwise altered. We produce delicious world-class dairy products for you to enjoy. 

Our Whole Raw Milk is unprocessed and complete with bioavailable vitamins, minerals, enzymes, beneficial bacteria, naturally occurring CLA and Omega-3 fatty acids.  The ease of digestibility of Whole Raw Milk gives those that experience discomfort with processed dairy products, a delicious and natural option. Our truly happy, organic cows grass graze on lush certified organic green pasture, all year long. Simply filtered, chilled, tested, and bottled; nothing added or taken away. 100% ORGANIC. Absolutely NO antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or GMO anything.


7 Ways Raw Dairy Products Contribute to Healthy Diets

1.  Proteins

Protein plays a crucial role in almost all biological processes and amino acids are the building blocks of it.

2.  Beneficial Bacteria

Raw dairy has an abundance of specialized and diverse gut-friendly bacteria.  These amazing bacteria are one of the raw dairy’s most important nutrients!  Bacteria found in raw dairy are responsible for a well-functioning immune system and support mental health.

3. Enzymes

Enzymes found in raw dairy help break down fat, protein, and have antimicrobial properties. These active enzymes have highly beneficial anti-inflammatory effects on the human body.

4.  Carbohydrates

Lactose, or milk sugar, is the primary carbohydrate in cow’s milk.  Raw milk contains lactobacilli bacteria that digest lactose, so those who can’t digest pasteurized milk will most likely have no problem with raw milk.

5.  Healthy Fats

Good fats are very important for maintaining optimal health.  Fats are needed to construct cell membranes, help with hormones, store energy, and protect our organs.

6.  Vitamins and Minerals

Water-soluble Vitamins found in raw dairy:

  • A whole lot of B’s:  B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12
  • Vitamin C, and folate.
  • Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
  • Minerals: good source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and zinc.

7.  Raw Dairy Tastes Delicious and Makes You Feel Good

As it has been for centuries, the fresh taste of unprocessed raw organic dairy products is pleasurable and satisfying.


Raw Dairy is Lactose Intolerant Friendly, Naturally

Customers with lactose sensitivities have a delicious, nutritious, and natural alternative in this unaltered, wholesome product. SIMPLY FLASH-CHILLED, FILTERED AND TESTED.

How Does Raw Milk Compare to Plant-Based Milk Alternatives?


In Conclusion: Why ALL Raw Dairy is Good For You.

Unprocessed 'raw' dairy contains ancient, diverse, and complete nutrients. Raw milk is the first food of life, but the essential nutrients are altered by processing (pasteurization and homogenization).  Whether A1 or A2, nutrients from raw milk are completely bio-available, unaltered, and keep our bodies healthy.