As people, our diet consists of many things. Among these is our very first meal from mom: milk. Now, when we were babies, we enjoyed the human milk of which came from our mother or our dearest female guardian. As we developed and grew up, eventually we did the considerably bizarre and switched over to cow’s milk.
Now, milk in general has a great many benefits to us. Amongst these are strengthening of our bones and teeth, the boosting of our immune systems, and even aiding in the prolonging of the lives of some who are afflicted with cancer. However, we do need to maintain a balanced diet, because too much milk could cause some digestive issues. This is due to the heavy amounts of lactose found within milk.
Cow milk, the milk of which we Americans partake of is indeed quite heavy with lactose. There are many a different option though when it comes to this. All mammals provide milk for their young and even pigeons and flamingoes feed a certain “crop milk” to their young.
But I wish to focus today on the majestic desert cow, the lover of Wednesdays and the witness to thousands of Arabian nights. The camel.
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Camel milk is a rare commodity but there are indeed countless more benefits in camel milk than in cow milk. An ingredient found in great quantities in camel milk is insulin. Now, insulin is an essential substance to fight diabetes and to even help diabetes from ever starting.
Philippa Young of the Huffington post is a drinker of this milk. She tells us, “Camel milk is the closest you can get to a human mother’s milk, with 10 times more iron and three times more vitamin C than cow’s milk.” With this being said, wouldn’t the taste of camel milk take some getting used to? Well, of course. We are used to cow milk which is high in lactose and quite often not to terribly fatty. Camel milk has an incredibly low amount of lactose and has a high amount of fat associated with it as well.
Due to the heavy iron concentration in camel milk, our circulatory system could indeed benefit much from it. It can aid in the oxygenation of our bodies by multiplying our red blood cells.
I mentioned earlier that camel milk is a rare commodity. Why is this? Simple. Camels give out much less milk than cows do. Also, there are billions of cows scattered throughout the world while there are only a few million camels that are mostly concentrated on the other side of the world. That being said, camel milk is also a much more environmentally friendly way of getting milk, due to the fact that camels don’t have the same grazing needs that cows do and aren’t filled with nearly the methane that cows are.
It seems to me that there are many good things that this offers us. Due to inaccessibility though, it’s something that won’t really catch on for a while. However, since it was deemed ‘ok‘ back in 2009, the camel milk industry has begun to take off. I have personally never tried any milk besides that of humans, cows, and goats, so I would really be up to try many other milks if and when given the opportunity. Camel milk sounds like a good place to start, but I’ll do my best to avoid that of dolphins.
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-Loren Riddle WR 121-19