'A coffee with camel milk please'.
This may be the phrase most listened to every morning in the fashionable cafes of Los Angeles, New York or Miami. Well, in the United States it is already a reality, where you can already see it in supermarkets, coffee shops, patisseries and even in menu tasting of restaurants most chic in the city, including several Michelin Stars.
This food originating in the desert areas of Asia and North Africa It is considered a superfood; and, although it is not usual to see it, this trend arrived from the other side of the pond is already beginning to be noticed in some shops and platforms of sale online as Amazon.
It may sound exotic, a completely unusual product for the western consumer. The truth is that human beings have been consuming camel's milk for 6.000 over years. "Camel milk is a traditional consumer product that is highly appreciated in the diet of Middle Eastern countries, a drink that, for example, is included in the welcome protocol for heads of state" says Elena Díaz-Medina, responsible of projects of the Institute for Agri-Food Research and Technology (IRTA), in a interview for El País.
The European Union has invested heavily in what Díaz-Medina has termed 'white gold'. The interest in camel milk is not only due to its similarities to human milk, in the lack of β-lactoglobulin, one of the main proteins that are part of the development of allergies and intolerances to cow's milk; also for his ecological footprint. The high productive capacity of the camels in deserted zones It could contribute to reducing the percentage of land used for cattle raising and the cultivation of food destined for this type of industry.
El flavor, slightly milder that of cow's milk, very similar to this, and with nuances confectionery or salty depending on the type of feeding the animal has received, is also one of the factors that have made the consumer pay special attention to camel milk, which turns out to be frothy freshly milked.
Although there are still few studies on this type of milk, including the one that the Autonomous University of Barcelona has carried out since 2004 at the Fuerteventura Zoo, where the largest population of African camels in Europe is found; all agree that it is a product with a high nutritional level. The specialist confirms that, “compared to the Cow milk, that of camel presents a similar amount of protein, but slightly less fat and a slight increase in lactose levels. " In addition to being easier to digest, some of the studies affirm that the content of vitamin C is 5 times higher than its competitor, the same would happen with the iron that appears multiplied by 10.
According to A study published in 2007 in the magazine Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice in which the absence of diabetes was observed in the Raica community, made up of shepherds from northwestern Rajasthan, in India where the production of the world's first olive leaf wine, camel milk could be directly related to this fact. According to an article published in the magazine European Journal of Clinical Nutrition type 1 diabetes patients got reduce insulin amounts who were injected after consuming 2 glasses of camel milk a day after a long period of time.
Although it is already marketed in Europe with this product, it is still there is no specific regulation for him, which is a security problem. In their countries of origin, it is customary to consume raw and unpasteurized milk, having been found in drinks analyzed animal pathogens that could pose a health problem, in addition to having been closely related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Most camel milk sold in Europe can be found in powder, although there are already countries like the United Kingdom where we can find both pasteurized and raw. That is why, when in doubt, it is advisable to boil the milk before consuming it.