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Camel Milk, a Neglected Health Food On Our Shelves?

How many of you have come across a carton of camel milk at the store and actually gave it a go? Personally, I haven’t. I think it is more of a psychological thing where I just cannot get myself to drink milk from a camel! As soon as I picture the animal in my head, I automatically create this taste aversion in my head. However, having a sip of it a while back didn’t kill me! So for those of you who are unaware of it’s hidden benefits, here’s what the research out there says.

Nutritional Qualities
 Camel milk is naturally low in fat and is lower in cholesterol than goat or cow’s milk. Also, it has a high iron content making it a rich dietary source. Camel milk is higher in vitamin C than cow’s milk but it’s vitamin A, B2, & folic acid content are less. It also contains lactose so for those who suffer from lactose intolerance, camel milk is still not a good choice, however, some have reported better tolerance in comparison to cow’s milk. In regards to flavour, camel milk tends to be a bit saltier but some brands can also be a bit sweeter than other milks.

Specific Health Benefits
Camel milk is believed to have characteristics similar to insulin which could make it a useful food to include for the management of type 1 Diabetes however, more studies are needed to further explore it’s role in this area. (Note: Camel milk is not a cure for Type 1 Diabetes). Camel milk is also believed to have antimicrobial properties due to its high content of lactoferrin (a milk protein which is responsible for this characteristic).
So, next time you go shopping, why not give give it a try?! Some brands have also made flavoured drinks available for those who are not big fans of a bland milky taste.
2 Comments
  1. i really love the taste of camel milk and it is nutritious too.:

  2. Is camel milk low in FODMAP sugars? How about when it is fermented, made into kefir using kefir grains? Thank you.

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