FAQ related to Camel milk

Q. Is camel milk salty?
A: Yes, milk is slightly salty but acceptable taste. This saltiness may be due to type of plants eaten in the desert by camel.

Q. Is camel milk having short self-life?
A: No, camel milk can be kept for longer duration at room temperature than other milk. Scientists have reported that fresh camel milk can be kept for 8 hr. at 30°C, pasteurized camel milk can last for more than 10 days at 4ºC and when lactoperoxidase system is activated fresh milk can be stored at 30ºC for about 20 hr.

Q. Is camel milk thicker than other milk?
A: No, camel milk is thinner and less viscous than milk of cow, buffalo, sheep, goat, yak etc. but when milk is shaken it become frothy and looks thicker.

Q. Is consumption of camel milk causes diarrhoea?
A: No, consumption of camel milk does not cause diarrhoea in human subjects but it exerts some purgative action and helps in emptying blow.

Q. Curd can’t be made from camel milk, why?
A: During curd manufacturing process, fermentation takes place in camel milk and it takes some longer time than other milk. Texture of the curd as we get from other milk is not achieved in camel milk. This may be due to various reasons such as very low amount of k-casein in camel milk, close binding of fat with protein molecules and also may be due to high salt content.

Q. Is camel milk having higher fat content?
A: No, fat percentage in camel milk ranges between 1.5 to 3.5 which is lower than cattle and buffalo milk.

Q. Is camel milk having higher insulin content that other milk?
A: Yes, Scientist have reported that camel milk contains insulin in higher concentration (about 40 µIU/ml).

Q. Milk products can be made from camel milk or not?
A: Yes, various indigenous and western dairy products have been prepared by the centre such as- Tea, Coffee, Flavored milk, Fermented milk, Pasteurized milk, Kulfi, Cheese, Paneer, Mawa, Gulabjamun, Barfi, Rasgulla, Peda, and milk powder etc. 

Q. Is unpasteurized camel milk consumption necessary to cure certain disease condition in human beings?
A: As we know due to heat treatment every food products looses some of its nutrient and denaturation of protein and other ingredients also takes place and therefore there may be decrease in its functional value. But, as milk is a carrier for different pathogens while production, handling and transport due to unhygienic condition, we never suggest consumption of unpasteurized milk.

Q. does camel milk have therapeutic value for human beings?
A: Yes, researchers have reported that due to high content of insulin in camel milk, its consumption plays an effective role in management of Type-I diabetes in human beings. It has also been reported to be effective in health management of different types of tuberculosis in human.

Q. Is camel milk safe for children allergic to bovine milk?
A: Yes, camel milk protein compositions are very close to human milk and it does not produce allergy in children.

Q. Is camel milk safe for people having lactose-intolerance?
A: Yes, Lactose intolerance is not reported in human beings upon consumption of camel milk.