The milk selection at your neighborhood coffeehouse will make your head spin. From oat to goat, coconut to almond and hemp to soy, wellness seekers are flocking towards non-dairy options and the latest exotic trend is camel milk!
Cultures around the globe have consumed camel milk for thousands of years. In the Middle East, camels are a primary source of income, food, and transportation.
The global markets are taking notice too. Camel dairy products reached a value of $5.64 billion in 2018 and the trend is expected to reach levels worth more than $8 billion by 2024, according to Research and Markets: Camel Dairy Market Report.
Why are wellness insiders going dairy free? Health professionals have linked hormones in cow dairy to stimulating oil glands in the skin, which can cause inflammation and adult acne to blossom. Eliminating calcium and Vitamin D can have negative health effects too, hence why dairy alternatives started trending.
While consuming the lactose in dairy may stimulate acne, that same lactic acid in milk can help hydrate dry skin, heal acne and relieve sunburn when applied to the skin with topical beauty products. Milk has been used for hundreds of years to infuse hair and skin with proteins and vitamins, working to naturally soothe irritated areas of the body.
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According to camel milk’s nutritional profile, it’s tolerated by those with dairy allergies because it doesn’t contain A1 casein. Rich in minerals like zinc and potassium, it has three times the Vitamin C and 10 times the iron compared to cow's milk. It’s also linked to mitigating autoimmune diseases.
The downside to the camel craze- it’s quite the pricey commodity! In the U.S. there are 18,000 cows to every one camel. This means a quart of camel milk will cost you about $20 more than a quart of cow milk. There are also dangers associated with raw unpasteurized milk, so make sure to know where your camel latte comes from.