Camel Milk

The Daily Record reports that the FDA is considering camel milk. Camel dairies already exist in America and promote camel milk benefits

To milk a camel, you need warm hands, a gentle touch and quick timing — camels give milk only in 90-second bursts.

Gil and Nancy Riegler, owners of the nation’s largest camel dairy near San Diego, said the extra work pays off with milk that is therapeutic, nutritious and delicious.

It’s also illegal to sell in the United States.

Illegal to sell milk?

Millions of tons are produced in desert regions around the world but Europe and the US do not yet allow it to be sold. There is no doubt the hundreds of thousands of Somalis, Mongolians, Ethiopians in America alone would purchase the milk if available. The problem will be how to try and fit camels into the industrialized cattle model, or how to learn to let go of the cattle model and start over. A new approach to dairy sounds interesting — it might even improve milk quality enough to make quantity a non-issue.

The Camelicious dairy, opened in 2006, uses mechanized milking technology and trains camels to walk into the milking parlor. When the dairy first started, “the Bedouins said, ‘No way will the animals enter that milking parlor,'” said Peter Nagy, the Hungarian farm manager there.

He and his wife, both veterinarians, solved the problem, he said, but “I cannot explain exactly how this was done.” Mr. Nagy credits training by his wife: “A woman has a sixth sense” that allows her to “know how the animals feel.”

I would wager his wife also is good at information security and risk management. Reuters in Australia suggests Europe also is looking at legalizing camel milk.

“People with lactose intolerance can drink it with no problem, unlike cow’s milk, it doesn’t cause protein allergies, and it’s high in insulin,” said Ulrich Wernery, the scientific director of Dubai’s Centre for Veterinary Research Laboratory.

Similar in taste and appearance to cow’s milk, he said camel milk is closer in composition to human milk, making it a healthier option than cow milk.

Camel milk also is high in vitamin C, which Wernery said explains its importance to Bedouins, Arab desert nomads, who historically lacked fruits or vegetables in their diet and have been drinking camel milk for generations.

Many health benefits compared to cow milk, a history of safe consumption…the FDA would be wise to legalize.

One thought on “Camel Milk”

  1. The benefits of camel milk are accumulating daily. There have been many studies on the benefits of camel milk in diabetics. Analysis has showed that camel’s milk has insulin like substances that may improve the glycemic (sugar) control in diabetics. Camel milk has been noted not to form coagulum within the acidic environment that allows the milk to pass through the stomach fast without breakdown of the insulin like substances allowing them to be absorbed. A randomized control study to see the effects camel milk on glycemic control in type 1 diabetic patients was done over 52 weeks and the results showed that the diabetics on camel milk had better glycemic control and reduced insulin intake. The exact substances within the milk that give the improved glycemic control are still under investigation, but the benefits have been well documented. Camel milk has even been called an adjunct to insulin therapy. As always consult your doctor before changing any of your medications. Prized for centuries by nomads and bedouins.

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