The alternative dairy market has emerged with force in the past few years and unfortunately there’s massive pitfalls to a majority of the products that were brought to the forefront. Silk, soy, almond and goat’s milk just don’t maintain the nutritional value that dairy hungry consumers need. Most Americans grew up drinking cow’s milk and have become accustomed and comfortable adding it to the grocery list. Though this has become the standard, I frequently hear “I love milk, but I’m lactose intolerant”. It has become a norm to meet people that experience allergic reactions when trying to enjoy their dairy. It was a huge issue that I felt there should be an answer for, but there was nothing exciting about any product that could fix this issue, meanwhile making it nutritious enough to compare.
A few months ago, a close friend returned from Dubai. Amid our conversation about the experience, the topic of conversation quickly turned to the extravagance of camel milk, and its acclaimed status in the middle east. I thought the whole craze sounded ludicrous, the only experience I had around camels was passing by the exhibit at a local zoo. Despite my preconceived ideas, I turned to some extensive research into the history and nutrition behind camel milk consumption. To my surprise the findings, were outstanding.
Although a majority of people in Western culture have never conceptualized consuming camel milk, it’s been used around the world, especially in the middle east, for thousands of years.
Camels have the capacity to survive in conditions most animals can’t. In the middle east they are treasured for their ability to survive long journeys with little, to no water. Their milk is considered somewhat of a delicacy, often called, liquid gold. Throughout time it has become a custom to many cultures and often used to supplement various health encounters.
The primary complaint I tend to hear about cow’s milk is that it makes consumers feel bloated, nauseous and sick. The primary reason behind those reactions seem to be A1 casein and lactoglobulin, but fortunately camel’s milk does not contain these elements. This makes it tolerable and enjoyable for lactose-intolerant consumers and those who typically experience allergic reactions to cow’s milk. Additionally, camel milk contains substantially higher amounts of vitamin C and iron.
Camel milk is also high in immunoglobulins and lactoferrin, powerful immune-boosting substances. This may be the reason it’s claimed to lessen the effects of autism and have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and antiviral properties, but the scientific studies have yet to prove the exact cause.
While many self conducted experiments have proven camel milk is the ultimate superfood of modern time, the lack of research in the US, makes it difficult for companies to make claims. As for downsides of consumption, I couldn’t find any.
The cheapest and highest quality Camel Milk on the market is DromeDairy Naturals. They are non hormone, gmo, preservatives, additives or gluten, and use pasture raised camels. It comes in powder form, so there’s no concern about your supply going bad, and the applications seem to be endless. Consumers tend to drink it straight, add it to coffee, or use as a substitute for milk in a plethora of recipes. It tastes much like cow’s milk, but sweeter and it’s better for your health. Although I initially thought the notion of drinking camel milk was outrageous, I now believe it is the healthiest dairy option on the market.