There’s a new kind of milk that’s making a buzz around town. Say hello to camel milk and learn why it might be the better milk for you.

Camel milk is growing in popularity around the world. Keen drinkers believe it provides real health benefit. Though there might not yet be a body of scientific evidence to support this, that is not stopping enthusiasts from around the world.

The Australian outback is home to the world’s largest herd of feral camels (once domesticated then escaped back to the wild). It’s been suggested that Australia could possibly be the answer to the growing global demand for camel milk. As WA camel milk producer Good Earth Dairy put it, camels are as Australian as kangaroos.

Camel Milk vs Cow Milk

Good Earth Dairy believes this is an industry that will continue to thrive into the future. It owns a 793-hectare of land in Dandaragan in WA’s Wheatbelt region where it breeds and raises a hundred domesticated camels. The company has been supplying fresh and pure Australian camel milk throughout the state and aims to make it a staple in all households.

Good Earth Dairy Pure Australian Camel Milk 300ml

But of competition, camel milk has plenty. What sets camel milk apart from the rest? Is it really better than regular cow’s milk or any other milk for that matter?

Here’s what we know so far.

Powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients

Camels produce milk that far outweighs the nutrient in milk from common dairy cows. Camel milk is considered by many a powerhouse of nutrients. Some even call it a miracle milk. It is rich in calcium, magnesium, iodine, manganese, phosphorus and zinc, containing higher concentrations than cow’s milk. Camels also produce higher concentrations of lactoferrin—a protein integral to immune function—than cows. Research suggests these unique compounds might have pharmaceutical potential and could play an important role in the management of gastrointestinal health, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions among others.

Low fat and cholesterol

Camel milk is low in fat and cholesterol. It has 50% less fat and 50% less saturated fat compared to cow’s milk. Some also claim that camel milk has the potential to reduce insulin intake by half in people with diabetes. There are hopes that further studies would show that it can even help treat diabetes.

Low lactose

Camel Milk as a Staple

Whey proteins contribute to most dairy allergies or intolerances and cause people to feel unwell after drinking a glass of milk. The common milk milk allergen Beta-lactoglobulin, which is a whey protein, is usually found in cow and goat milk. Camel milk (or human milk, for that matter) does not contain this protein so it is claimed to be suitable for sensitive tummies as it is easily digestible.

Probiotics

Camel milk is a natural probiotic which assists in healthy bacteria growth in the gut. It has great potential for healing the gut and fighting bad bacteria in the body. Camel milk has also shown to benefit those with inflammatory bowel disease, which occurs when the immune system attacks harmless virus, bacteria, or food in the gut, causing infection in the gut or a bowel disorder. Camel milk is believed to inhibit an enzyme related to that immune response.

Sweet-salty taste

Camel Milk Pairings

Camel milk might seem strange at first but a sip can get you through the hump. Camel milk is close to cow’s milk in terms of flavour but with a salty aftertaste. It is best paired with sweet cookies, cupcakes, and biscuits for that perfect sweet-salty comb. But other than fresh milk, camel milk can be made into other products too like soap, lotion, powder, and chocolates.

All these promising benefits aside, camel milk is a tad more expensive than cow’s milk, which might be the biggest reason people would think twice about getting it. But if and when you can have it, camel milk is certainly worth a try.

Come to our Homegrown Market Day at Kitchen Warehouse Osborne Park WA and North Lakes QLD on September 9th and learn more about camel milk.

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KC Tayam

KC is a content writer for Kitchen Warehouse. She has quite an addiction to cooking shows. She is a budding home cook who loves to cook from scratch when she has time to spend in the kitchen.

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