3 Reasons Why You Should Drink Camel's Milk (and Several Why You Should Not)

Kim Conte
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camelAs 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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