As there has been an increase in lifestyle diseases in the past few decades, people have become much more health conscious. They are willing to try different types of food and drinks in order to stay healthy. This has led to companies developing different versions of staple foods that work in different ways for different people.
Today when you go to a market, you find so many varieties of one ingredient: may it be rice, fruit, cereal, bread or milk, there are a plethora of options. All you have to do is check and decide what works best for your body.
When it comes to milk, there are many who are intolerant to the lactose in the animal milk, who have made lifestyle changes or simply wish for another option. The combination of various illnesses dictates that when you try various types of milk, you check what works for you in terms of allergies, treating and/or working with your illness and is generally good for your health.
While 85% of the world’s milk supply comes from cows, there are plenty of areas where cattle can’t survive. So, these communities rely on other animals for their dairy supply. Some of these alternatives like camel and goat's milk etc.
Let's know more animal milk which you have never heard of:
1. Yak Milk
Unless you’ve been to Tibet (where 95% of yaks live) you’ve probably never tried this one. However, yak milk is popular in high-mountain areas where they’re sometimes the only dairy species available. It’s extremely nutritious, containing more protein and amino acids than cow, goat, or even human milk.
2. Donkey Milk
Haryana's Hisar has set up a diary of the Halari breed of donkey. Donkey's milk is good for the human body and will also boost immunity. The Halari breed of the donkey is found in Gujarat and its milk is an important ingredient for medicines. Halari donkey breed milk helps in fighting against cancer, obesity, allergies, etc. It is also considered to be good for kids as it does not cause any infection or have allergic reactions.
Donkey's Halari milk is also a source of antioxidant, anti-aging elements.
3. Goat Milk
While the fat content of cow and goat milk is similar, the fat particles in the latter are smaller, making it easier for your body to digest. Goat milk is also richer in calcium, with about 33% of the daily recommended intake compared to 28% in cow milk. Goat milk has high levels of medium-chain fatty acids, which provide an energy boost that isn’t stored as body fat. They also help to lower cholesterol, and can even aid in the treatment of conditions like coronary diseases and intestinal disorders.
Because of the bioavailability of iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in goat milk, the treatment of nutritional deficiencies like anaemia and bone demineralisation becomes more likely.
4. Camel Milk
Long a great dietary support for millions of people where climates are harsh and water is scarce, camels provide milk with serious nutritional value.
Camel’s milk is pretty much the closest you can come to a human mother’s milk, particularly in terms of immune-boosting proteins like lactoferrin and immunoglobulins. Camel’s milk also contains exclusively A2 casein, making it more digestible and better tolerated than cow’s milk. For these reasons and others, camel’s milk is being studied for its potential complementary role in treating autoimmune conditions, autism, and milk allergies.
Amul was the first to introduce the fresh camel milk, After the successful launch of Camel Fresh Milk, Camel Long life milk and Camel Chocolates, Amul has forayed further into value added camel milk products by launching its newest offering in the form of Camel Milk powder and Camel Milk ice cream.
5. Horse Milk
Horse Milk in reality is termed as Mare Milk. This is mainly due to the fact that a female horse is known as a Mare and only a female horse secretes milk.
Horse Milk contains many types of Vitamins in it, some of them are Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. The Vitamin content found in Horse Milk is higher than it is in Cow’s Milk. Horse Milk is famous for improving Eczema symptoms prevalent in people aiding them in maintaining the skin tone in the best possible manner. It also safeguards people from Psoriasis, allergies, irritation and Rosacea. Applying Horse Milk on the skin adding Coconut oil or Aloe helps maintain skin in a superlative manner at all points of time.
Animal milk other than cow which makes you healthier, let us know if you ever tried any of them in the comment section!!
This article is a replug on World Milk Day 2022