Camel Milk: A surprising milk alternative

An estimated 5% of the world’s population is
allergic to cow’s milk. While many show
reactivity to sheep milk, goat milk and even
plant-based nut milks. What’s left?

Camel milk is a dairy alternative that tastes amazing. It has a superior nutrient profile and is non-allergenic. Camel milk is an ethical replacement for conventionally farmed milk. After human milk, this milk most closely meets our nutritional requirements, and has numerous health-enhancing benefits that far outstrip dairy and its more common alternatives.

While the idea of camel milk may be new to you, it’s certainly not new to North Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia.  Camel milk has been consumed by nomadic and Bedouin cultures for hundreds of years. It is rapidly gaining popularity in Germany and The Netherlands. Camel milk is available in supermarkets in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Dubai, Australia and the USA.

camel milkPowerful Nutrients & Antioxidants

Camel milk is free from Beta-lactoglobulin, the main allergen in cow’s milk. It has more Vitamin C, B6, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium than cow’s milk with a far greater protein content.  It also has low milk sugar lactose along with a superior fat content. The natural antibiotics in camel milk keep the milk fresher for a longer period.

Camel milk is much easier to digest as it contains A2 casein which the human body can break down much more easily than the difficult-to-digest A1 casein protein.  Many of the health advantages are due to the immunoglobulins present in camel’s milk, contributing to strengthening and building immune health.

Therapeutic Benefits

Lactoferrin is the main ingredient in camel milk, preventing microbial growth in the gut, lowering inflammation and supporting immune health.

Considerable research is revealing the medical benefits of regular camel milk consumption, and some of the most important includes its ability to manage diabetes, improve the immune system, stimulate circulation, assist in the treatment of autism, lessen allergic reactions, promote growth and development, protect against certain autoimmune diseases and boost heart health.

Sounds fantastic, but what does it taste like?

It’s delicious! Slightly sweet, rich and creamy, it’s very comparable to cow’s milk.

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The taste is virtually indistinguishable from cow’s milk. My ten year old also tasted the milk and gave it a thumbs up. The suggested ratio of powder to water is 1:10. I would suggest using this as the absolute minimum; don’t be stingy with the power.

Camel Milk SA suggest using boiling water and a blender to get the best results. I used a hand-held milk frother and was happy with the creamy results. Warm milk is the perfect bedtime drink. I also let the milk cool overnight and used it for cereal the next morning.

I decide to test out an alternative to plain warm milk, and made some golden milk. Golden milk, otherwise know as tumeric milk, is one of my favourite pre-bed drinks. After a side by side comparison of a cup of golden milk with cow’s milk and another with camel milk – I actually preferred the camel milk version.

I also used the powder like creamer in my tea; I use about 15ml of powder for a mug of tea or coffee. All in all, camel milk is not really a shift from cow’s milk taste-wise. The health benefits make it worth the extra time that it takes to prep, and it stays fresh for longer.

Is it available in South Africa?

Yes! Camel Milk South Africa, established in March 2015, produces fresh organic camel milk that’s frozen.  Some of the milk is pasteurised and then spray dried so it’s also available in powdered form in 100g tubs.   The camels are free roaming in a remote farm location in the Kalahari. The dry climate is ideal for the camels.  There, they are able to forage naturally on over 50 different varieties of trees, shrubs and wild grasses.

camel milkUnlike with cows, which are fed fodder and routinely treated with antibiotics and growth hormones; these camels have naturally robust immune systems which keep them healthy requiring no veterinary interventions. Nor are the calves separated from their mothers at birth; baby camels stays with their mothers for the first month and then spend time with them twice daily at milking times.  Happy, healthy camels produce the best nutritious milk!

The recommended retail price is R220 for 100g

Head to www.camelmilksouthafrica.co.za to order directly and for a list of retailors.

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