Camel milk, the new superfood

Say goodbye to protein shakes and other power ups. The ingredient that’s creating a buzz in several health forums and amongst researchers, lies in a new drink — camel drink. It is new here, because unlike in the Middle East and other countries where it is had, India has only just woken up to its benefits. It is still to be legitimised here unlike the West, where it is being touted as a ‘superfood’.

Health benefits

A news report quotes Anand Singh Bhati, a member of Rajasthan’s camelrearing community of Rebaris who owns these animals, as saying of a malaria outbreak, “Ten to 12 days of camel milk cures the person.” The milk is considered rich in potassium, magnesium, iron and other nutrients.

It also contains three times more vitamin C and 10 times more iron than cow’s milk, says city-based dietician Sheela Tanna. She shows different ways of adding it to your diet…

1). Camel milk supports and helps people with autoimmune conditions, including autism, says Tanna. Regular consumption of camel milk by autistic children may show improvements in symptoms.

They have better sleep, increased eye contact, better language and improved gastrointestinal function. Make these treats for your kids Camel milk chocolate burfi: How it’s made: This is prepared from camel milk, mawa and organic sugar by mixing them 4:1.5 ratio along with 10-15 % chocolate powder.

This powerpacked dessert is also full of nourishments and antioxidants, which is well tolerated and relished by children.

Rice pudding
How it’s made: Add cooked rice in camel milk, along with sugar, saffron, cardamom, almonds and pistachio. Cook it on a slow flame for 10 minutes. Let it cool down and refrigerate.

2. It contains insulin and is effective in diabetes and gestational diabetes too. Extremely versatile, camel milk can be used to make smoothies and kheer, which could make it part of the daily diet for diabetics.

Try this
Apple and avocado smoothie or strawberry milkshake: Apples and strawberries have their own sweetness and flavour. Having it with camel milk is doubly beneficial, as fruits help burn fat, boost short term memory, are low in calories, have anti-aging properties and is good for weight loss. It is also apt for pregnant women.

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