The blazing sun causes sweat to drip from your brow as you gaze out past the hazy air, the pyramids resting like majestic beasts in the distance. The humped beast that you travel on is a reliable mode of transportation in the desert. But camels are not only used for transportation in the Sahara. Camel’s milk has been a staple food in the Middle Eastern, and is described as being creamy and salty. Moreover, this new milk trend or super food might become popular right here in the U.S.
In his farm in Asheville, N.C, Frank King has 23 camels, which include humped dromedary camels (like those that are found in Egypt) and double-humped Bactrians (found in Asia’s could mountain climate). King plans to cash in on the camel’s milk, charging $18 a pint to health conscious consumers.
Since camels can adapt to hot and cold temperatures, drinking their milk could have many healthy outcomes.
Studies have found that camel’s milk has not protein, is three times higher in vitamin C, and is 10 times higher in iron than cow’s milk. It also has higher levels of potassium, magnesium, copper, and zinc than the latter. Camel’s milk is has lower cholesterol than cow or goat milk, but it does contain more fat than cow’s milk.
Some Amish drink the milk because they believe that it can help children with autism and attention deficient disorders. The Amish already have their own camel dairies.
King hand milks the camels and is experimenting with pasteurization methods so that his farm can sell the super food across state lines (Read about unpasteurized milk in NY here). According to The Clarion-Ledger, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania farms have all began to adopt camel milking programs. Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia will follow suit soon.
“Epigenetics suggest that we can actually change our genes by how we live,” the farmer stated. “Right now in modern society, we are like polar bears released into a Death Valley environment. When people connect with nature, they feel better, and wild is better.”
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