As someone who's slightly lactose intolerant and allergic to soy milk, I'm constantly searching for alternative milk products. But the newest milk trend might be too much for me.
Camel's milk -- which is consumed in places like India, Africa, and the Middle East -- could soon be making its way to grocery stores in the United Kingdom. Join me in wrinkling our noses at the thought of milking a camel; but, then again, camel's milk actually has tons of health benefits.
Specifically, camel's milk is considered by some to be a superfood because it's:
- High in vitamin C -- five times more than regular milk.
- Low in fat (only 2 percent fat) and cholesterol.
- More easily digestible than cow's milk.
For these reasons, camel's milk producers (mainly in the Middle East) are confident their product will be popular among health-conscious Europeans. They say they'll begin exporting milk as early as next year -- just as soon as they get the go-ahead from EU health and hygiene inspectors.
And if that happens, it's a slippery slope from UK health food stores to the shelves of Whole Foods locations here in America.
But not so fast. There are downsides to the milk, too, namely: It's watery and salty (two adjectives that turn my stomach when I think of milk). Not to mention the fact that a camel produces only 13 pints a day (compared to more than 50 that can be gained from cows).
Plus, well, it's from a camel. The only run-ins that most folks here have ever had with a camel is at the zoo or, well, Joe the Camel. Sure, we have many milk substitutes -- goat, almond, rice, coconut, etc. But it may take some time for people to develop a taste for milk from an animal that's notorious for spitting, kicking, biting, and being all-around ill-tempered.
Would you drink camel's milk? Do you think it will catch on here in the United States?
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