Camel’s milk is more nutritious than cow’s milk

Camel’s milk is more nutritious than cow’s milk, but should not be drunk unpasteurized as it can carry bacterial infections.
The animal is a vital part of Arab culture and tradition and its milk is an important component of the diet in UAE and other Arab countries.

A recent health and lifestyle survey conducted by experts from the University of the United Arab Emirates found that one in six UAE nationals in urban areas regularly consume camel milk and that this ratio increases considerably in the Al Ain region and in rural areas.

Dr Riaz Ahmed Minhas, doctor at Emirates Clinic and Medical Center in Al Ain, said yesterday that unpasteurized camel milk can cause brucellosis.

“Camel’s milk does not need to be boiled as much as cow’s or goat’s milk. Strong in flavor, it should be drunk slowly to allow the stomach to digest it.”

Milk contains less fat and lactose and more potassium, iron and vitamin C. Clinical analysis of camel milk has shown that it contains 40% lower cholesterol than cow’s milk .

It is also low in sugar and high in minerals, with sodium, magnesium and possibly iodine – if it was present in the camel’s diet – as well as a high content of protein.

Experts have said that camel’s milk is very important for survival in arid countries. Somalia is believed to be home to 30% of the world’s camel population, mostly one-humped, and they are mainly raised for milk.

The one-humped camel was domesticated around 3000 BC in southern Arabia, primarily for its meat and milk.

Source: gulfnews.com by Aftab Kazmi

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