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The Healthy Fat in Camel Milk

In our last post, we talked about the nutrient density of camel milk -how our camel milk may come in a small package, but it is brimming with vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and protective proteins that strengthen your immune system. 

These nutrients are passed onto you when you drink the milk of our favorite mammal.

Now, let’s pop the top off our delicious bottle of camel milk and look a little more closely at what’s inside to see exactly how it benefits our bodies when we consume it. 

Low-Fat Diets vs. Life-Long Healthy Eating Habits

At the risk of offending a few, I will be the first to say that I HATE fat diets. Nothing makes me roll my eyes more than someone torturing themselves for a few days on purely celery juice (1) or cabbage soup (2).

celery juice diet

Why? Because I LOVE food, and I LOVE enjoying food. 

I would rather invest my time and energy into establishing healthy life-long eating habits for myself and my family. 

But, those are lofty goals in our modern world. There are countless opinions to navigate and they all seem to contradict each other at times...

Vegan. 

Low Carb. 

Low Fat. 

Gluten Free. 

Dairy Free. 

Paleo. 

Primal. 

Adkins. 

Ketogenic. 

Whole30. 

South Beach. 

Mediterraneon. 

Ay Yai Yai. 

Everyone has an opinion on what to eat and what not to eat!

Where Does Camel Milk Fit into your Diet?

boy reaching for a bottle of camel milk at lunch

Good news. I am NOT adding a new diet to that list. I am NOT telling you what to eat and what not to eat. 

But, I am going to tell you what’s in camel milk, how it benefits your body, and encourage you to decide for yourself where it might fit in your diet.

Fat: A Macronutrient! 

Now, here’s a basic nutrition secret. All those various diets I mentioned above have one thing in common. 

They are each telling you how to distribute the carbohydrates, protein, fat, and water that you consume. 

How do I know this? 

Because carbohydrates, protein, fat, and water, are called macronutrients (3), and your body is magnificently designed to put those macronutrients in your body’s “metabolic mill” (so to speak) to supply your body with daily energy. 

many different kinds of foods on a table

So let’s zoom in and look at one of those macronutrients, fat, and see how camel milk measures up. 

Fat gets a bad rap in my opinion. 

How could it not when it serves as a derogatory name for someone who has consumed too much of it? 

We used to laud all things low-fat, but then regrettably realized that in our search for low-fat everything, we were supplementing the low-fat foods with sugar which actually made us more fat (4). Bummer. 

Now, we say that fat is ok, just not too much of it... and make sure it’s the good kind, not the bad kind!

Clear as mud? 

Let’s clear up those fatty waters, shall we? 

Saturated Fat vs. Unsaturated Fat

So, if we were to look inside our body’s “metabolic mill”, you would see the fat you consume being broken down into fatty acids, which is then further broken down to convert those fatty acids into the energy your body’s cells need to thrive. 

There are two kinds of fatty acids, saturated and unsaturated (5). Those are fancy names that really have to do with the fatty acid molecule itself and how it is put together. Yes, that’s right, go back to your Chemistry 101 class that you swore you would never use a day in your life.

saturated fat vs unsaturated fat

Saturated fats are put together compactly in such a way that they are solid at room temperature. These are your animal fats and tropical oils

As with most things in life, there is debate as to whether they are helpful or harmful. Most experts would recommend not to avoid them entirely, but to limit them in your diet and increase your consumption of unsaturated fats. 

The Fat Content of Camel Milk - Unsaturated!

Ok, so how does camel milk measure up here since it is an animal fat? 

Glad you asked. 

Amazingly, camel milk lipids actually contain lower saturated fatty acids and higher unsaturated fatty acids compared to cow milk lipids (6)

Can I get a whoop whoop?! 

camel milk contains unsaturated fat

To further understand what great news this is, let’s look a little bit deeper into unsaturated fatty acids, our other type of fat. 

Unsaturated fats are put together in such a way that they are normally liquid at room temperature. Under the unsaturated fatty acid umbrella, you have two kinds of fatty acids based on how they are put together -monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.

 If you open up your pantry, you would find your monounsaturated fats in your bottles of olive oil, canola oil, nuts, and also avocados

So far so good. 

Polyunsaturated fats are broken down three ways -Omega-3-fatty acids, Omega-6-fatty acids, and trans fats. 

Que “don don don” music:(

Trans Fats Manipulate Your Food

The bad news about your polyunsaturated fats is that some folks manipulated them to extend the shelf life of food products, which are called trans fats. They are no longer recognized as safe for your body. 

Read trans fats on a label. Think bad! 

unsaturated fat vs saturated fat vs trans fat

But you won’t find any trans fats on our camel milk label! 

Nobody has touched our camel milk with a ten-foot pole to manipulate it, so another checkmark for camel milk! We are passing the test so far with no trans fat on our nutrition label. 

The Anti-inflammatory Properties of Camel Milk

Omega-6-fatty acids are found in corn, safflower, and sunflower oil which is found in almost all of our processed food.

Too much omega-6-fatty acids can increase inflammation (7), and guess whose diet is chocked full of Omega-6 -you guessed it! The typical American one! 

Too much omega-6 is making us sick.

On the other hand, Omega-3-fatty acids can actually be anti-inflammatory in nature, but we typically eat too few of them. 

These are found in fish, flaxseed, walnuts, and drumroll please...CAMEL MILK!

camel milk is part of an anti-inflammatory diet

Camel Milk Helps Lower Your Cholesterol & Fights Heart Disease

This study found that camels enjoying rich pasture content, (like ours do) “could be considered a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acids, which might have a role in lowering human serum lipids (aka cholesterol) and decreasing the incidence of lipid-related cardiovascular diseases”(8).

camel milk pint bottle in the mountains

Conclusion 

To summarize, not all fats are bad. Your body needs a moderate amount of fat to function healthily, and preferably the good kind -unsaturated fat filled with Omega-3-fatty acids!

Unlike cow milk which is filled with saturated fat, camel milk is filled with the unsaturated healthy fats your body craves. 

Add camel milk to your family’s diet -and experience the difference!

Camel milk is not a fad. It has been helping humans thrive for millennia for so many reasons, not the least of which is it’s good, healthy fat content. 

Let’s raise our glasses of camel milk, and cheers to good fat!

 

What failed low-fat diets have you tried? Leave a comment below! 

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/celery-juice-cleanse
  2. https://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/cabbage-soup-diet
  3. https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/what-are-macronutrients-.h15-1593780.html#:~:text=Carbohydrates%2C%20fat%20and%20protein%20are,Anderson%20Wellness%20Dietitian%20Lindsey%20Wohlford
  4. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/have-low-fat-diets-made-us-fatter/
  5. https://www.pro-activ.com/en-ie/heart-and-cholesterol/cholesterol-and-fats/what-are-saturated-and-unsaturated-fats#:~:text=Saturated%20fatty%20acids%20lack%20double,liquid%20and%20from%20plant%20sources
  6. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S030881461832106X?via%3Dihub
  7. https://chriskresser.com/how-too-much-omega-6-and-not-enough-omega-3-is-making-us-sick/
  8. https://www.heraldopenaccess.us/article_pdf/30/omega-3-fatty-acids-in-milk-fat-of-some-sudanese-camels.pdf
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5 comments

  • Thanks for the info-packed blog! This is quite the resource to understand nutrition. Lauren really knows her stuff! High cholesterol and heart disease (as well as cancer) runs in my family—on both sides… 😬 I’m excited to hear that I could start fighting those things while I’m young using something as natural as camel milk. I’m starting to see why my wife uses it every morning in her smoothies. Thank you!

    Dan
  • Living in the US I was never exposed to camels milk. Just the thought made my brows curl. However I was challenge to just try it. Wow, not bad I said. Now after +2 years I am hooked. The taste is really great, I can’t tell the difference between ordinary milk. However the nutrients are far greater, plus I don’t have to drink that much if it to get the benefits. I am all about a healthy diet, without all the sacrifice. Thanks CC.

    DH
  • Wow! At my age I believe have tried all the “fat diets”! Give me a cold glass of Camel Milk and make my life healthier and a lot easier!

    Terry

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