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Milk for the Elite: “White Gold” Camel’s Milk

Camel’s Milk has been deemed as ” White Gold” due to the fact that it is super rare and costs around $32 per liter and could get higher depending on what country it will come from.

Camels do not have the ability to produce a huge amount of milk unlike cows and other mammals but whenever they do they produce a precious substance- a kind of milk that is easier to digest and contains vital nutrients that are not found in other types of milk.

Some of the most prized and most coveted types of Camel’s Milk can be found in Australia dairy farms. Camels were first introduced in Australia in the 1840s and to this day camels are considered precious agricultural animals. Most of the camel population in Australia includes camels with one hump and the two-humped Bactrian camel.

The first official camel dairy farm first opened in 2014 in Australia, and since then the industry has flourished and there is now almost one in every state and territory. This industry is dominated by countries in East Africa, the Middle East, and the North but there is a substantial number of farms in Australia that are also looking into expanding by the year 2021.

Why is Camel’s Milk So Expensive?

Camel’s Milk apart from being rare is produced differently. The camels are given expert care and love. The milk producers do not go for mass production level, rather they focus on sustainable farming and agricultural conditions that are ethical in nature.

Elite international buyers are the ones on the look-out for Camel Milk. Singapore, China, the US, Europe, and Hong Kong are some of the biggest consumers of Camel Milk. One reason why the prices are super high is the fact that the camels chosen are disease-free as they undergo strict quarantine. Camel’s milk goes through a strict standard to make sure that it is free of any virus. This milk is 12 times more expensive than cow’s milk for numerous reasons. It has more health benefits and higher nutritional levels. Camel’s milk contains more Vitamin B, iron, calcium, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium.

Fresh camel milk is kept in a large bowl for people to enjoy at a milking competition at the Camel Festival in Madinat Zayed in 2010. Galen Clarke / The National  

According to the 2016 Australian Government Market Assessment camel’s milk or white gold, as they would call it has the ability to alleviate food and seasonal allergies, it is also very useful in reducing insulin dependency and is a good cure for diabetes. It also aids in digestion, and it is low in cholesterol and sugar.

Because of these wonderful properties, the export industry for Camel’s milk is growing. It is also being added to cheeses, skincare products and chocolate made with camel milk. Camel milk has a similar color and texture to cow’s milk, but it has a saltier taste. It also contains lesser lactose and filled with unsaturated fatty acids and B vitamins.

The Chair of the Australian Camel Industry Association and director of QCamel dairy farm believes that this is the perfect solution for people suffering from certain intolerances and food allergies. This type of milk is more soothing and is easy to digest. The type of acidity in camel’s milk is very low making it easier for people who are suffering from lactose intolerance. It definitely tastes better than other milk alternatives like almond milk which is why it is growing in popularity.

Camel’s Milk is also produced ethically and a lot of considerations are done before it can be taken. The high cost boils down to the fact that it has a slow production process. One camel can only produce 4 liters of milk per day compared with Jersey cows that can produce up to 20 liters.

Camel Milk as SuperFood

Camel Milk is deemed as a superfood and contains an unusually high content of antioxidants, vitamins, or other nutrients. It is currently available in health food stores. Camel milk contains active components like lactoferrin and immunoglobulins, proteins that give camel milk immune-boosting properties.

This means that this milk contains anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that prevent the growth of E.coli and even organisms that cause severe infections like pneumonia. There is also one study of how camel milk protected on rat against side effects of a toxic anticancer drug due to the immune-boosting properties.

Camel milk contains so many good and rich qualities and is the perfect replacement for cow, goat and soy milk. It is also completely homogenized naturally and has naturally occurring Omega 3- fatty acids. This means that this milk can be frozen and thawed without changing its consistency. Camel’s milk tastes slightly sweeter and creamy and it can be used to cook yogurt, kefir or ice cream.

It is rich in vitamin D and also contains high iron content that is ideal for preventing anemia. It is perfect for improving levels of red blood cells and has the ability to increase the circulation of blood and oxygenation of the body’s organ systems. Some of the biggest fans of Camel’s milk are parents of children who have autism. It is said, that the components of camel’s milk reduce the oxidative stress and makes children suffering from autism more relaxed.