EVERSINCE WRITING ABOUT THE CURIOUS CASE OF CAMEL MILK CHOCOLATES, I have been on the look out for the elusive product. And just when I thought I would never find it on our soils, I stumbled on to a whole industry churning it out enmasse, right under our noses.
My accidental find was quite undramatic. A few weeks back I was at a furniture design exhibition having a look-see, minding my own business as usual when I saw a booth that was promoting camel milk tea and coffee. I was like ─ Whoa! Camel Milk???
Now you might say: Furniture? Camel Milk? What’s the connection? The answer is Agarwood or Gaharu and the Malaysian Timber Industry Board but nevermind if you can’t figure that out for the moment, we’ll talk about how wood played a crucial role in kismet later. (Watch this space for updates).
Camel Milk in MalaysiaApparently, camel milk has been available in Malaysia for sometime now, it’s just that I, and a lot of people outside of the rather secluded circle don’t know.
I know for a fact a lot of people don’t know because I did ask around.
“Adake susu unta di Malaysia? No, I didn’t know. Mana dapat?”
“Huh??? Camel Milk??? Serious???”
The booth I visited was promoting the milk in the form of 3-in-1, 4-in-1 tea, coffee, chocolate and other combinations but upon closer inspection, I found that they also sold the unadulterated camel milk powder; plus a host of other camel milk products like beauty drinks, biscuits, cakes and so on.
Actually, upon even closer inspection plus a little research, I found that camel milk is not just a novelty for curious connoisseurs like me but a superfood, yes, a SUPERFOOD ─ a complete sustenance at least for the nomadic tribes of desertlands and a cure-all for a range of ailments such as Hepatitis B and C, Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Diabetes, Cholesterol, Tuberculosis, autoimmune diseases and even Autism. Yes, Autism.
And these are not wild claims because there has been research done ─ it’s all over google, and it seems like everybody else knew about the benefits of Camel Milk, not just from the health standpoint but also as a viable business and industry. The Australians call it White Gold and for good reason too! Here’s a report: Camel milk industry to receive boost as Australia’s largest dairy grows herd.
Camel Milk is the Closest Thing to Mother’s Milk
“It’s the closest thing to mothers milk”, said Dr Hosam Habib and Dr Wassim Ibrahim from UAE University Research Centre, referring to the latest research done on the milk. (read the report in its entirety by clicking on the link).
The milk has natural antibiotics like lactoferrin, which is why the milk stays fresher and longer than cow’s milk. According to the doctors above, it takes four days for camel milk to go off compared to the one day of cow’s milk. And it takes a far, far longer to turn it into yoghurt. This is because it’s low fat. Camel milk has only 2.5% fat compared to 3.5 to 4% fat in cow’s milk.
“It’s the closest thing to mothers milk.” ─ Dr Hosam Habib
So, Low Fat, Anti Bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, contains Insulin to negate Type 1, Type 2 Diabetes, Anti Cancer ─ especially colon cancer because it’s good for the gut, digestible by lactose-intolerant people, three times higher in Vitamin C, seven times higher in Calcium, 10 times higher in iron high content of unsaturated fatty acids minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, zinc, iron and manganese…The list goes on. Read all about it in Wikipedia.Apparently, it’s not just hype about camel milk being the panacea for lung diseases such as Tuberculosis and Auto-immune diseases. There is medical research done on it to prove what they say. But the one that got me really interested is theclaim that it is good for Autism. (Perhaps this provides good news for those who have autistic children). There are no reliable statistics on Austism in Malaysia, according to Autism Awareness in Malaysia but the report mentions that a local survey conducted in 2008 reveals that Autism affects one in 625 children here. The real number is probably, ominously, much, much higher.
Camel Milk controls Autism ─ Hype or Hope?You be the judge of that. Included below is a video on renowned author on Autism, Christina Adams, and the miraculous results of Camel Milk used to treat her son. Her book is titled: A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention and Recovery.
Camel Milk treats Autism Spectrum Disorder
Here’s more from the medical site NCBI if you prefer to read. Click on the words.
- Patient Report: Autism Spectrum Disorder Treated with Camel Milk
- Camel Milk as a Potential Therapy as an Antioxidant in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Behavioral Benefits of Camel Milk in Subjects with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Celebrity Azhar Sulaiman tells you where to get Camel Milk
Note: Azhar Sulaiman is an actor, architect , lawyer and Set Designer TV / Film in MalaysiaAh! And here’s the biggie! Actually, believe it or not ─ it’s the taste that got me in the first place. No promotional gimmick for the company, seriously, which is why I bought a whole stockload of camel milk for myself.
You see, health benefits notwithstanding, it was my trial sip of their Teh Tarik with Gaharu and Camel Milk at the furniture fair booth (called Camelus under Palmabrand Malaysia) that convinced me to buy a box. See, the tagline ─ “Rich Authentic Taste”? It’s true! It is the best teh tarik I have ever tasted in my entire life! Rich, with an inimitable taste and so incredibly creamy with just the right amount of sweetness, it had me from first sip (to quote from the movie Jerry Macquire). Family members also concurred that the taste is very good. And before I knew it, my first box of 15 satchets was gone.
And thus it was at yesterday’s fair called The Malaysia Agarwood Fair MAF2017 that I decided to buy a whole stockload. I even bought the pure camel milk powder called Desert Gold.
How does Camel Milk Taste on its Own?
You know all that talk about it being low fat and low lactose? True again! It tastes like skimmed milk, lean but packed with nutrition. Just a scoopful of milk powder will do for a cup. The milk powder behaves like normal cow’s milk powder and dissolves easily. It’s not pungent, in fact it’s quite aromatic but probably the scent of milk is not as strong as you would get from cow’s milk. We’re so used to the taste of cow’s milk that the palette may take a little acquiring to the taste ─ not that it’s bad or anything, seriously. Like the good doctor above said ─ It’s the closest thing to mother’s milk!
Camel Milk contains Beta Lactoglobulin, Alpha Hydroxy and the list goes on.
After the fair, here’s how to get Camel Milk delivered to your doorstep