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Camel Milk: Latest Health Fad?

By    |   Tuesday, 08 July 2014 04:17 PM

Camel milk, used for centuries in the Middle East by nomads, is becoming the latest health-fad drink. Or at least that's what a Santa Monica firm is hoping.
 
Desert Farms is selling camel's milk as a healthful, but pricey, alternative to cow's milk, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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The company's lighthearted slogan: "Make every day a humpday."
 
The firm is believed to be America's first retail camel's milk company. Supplies come from seven small camel farms, most owned by Amish. And company reports sales are, if not booming, at least steady — with Desert Farms recently selling its 100,000th dollar of camel milk.
 
Walid Abdul-Wahab, the 23-year-old company founder, who came up with the idea behind Desert Farms for a University of Southern California class project, claims camel milk is a healthy and nutritious alternative to cow milk.
 
"What we know about the camel milk is that, in terms of health, it outperforms every other dairy beverage," Abdul-Wahab to the Times.
 
He says that it tastes just like cow's milk and has about the same levels of nutrients, but has 50 percent less fat and about 40 fewer calories per cup. Desert Farms sells milk raw or pasteurized, with the pasteurized version in most stores, with a pint costing a princely $16 to $19 online.
 
Abdul-Wahab's says he was inspired by a visit home to Saudi Arabia, where camel's milk is a delicacy. He launched the company in January, and now supplies camel's milk to Whole Foods stores in Northern California and other stores, in addition to selling it online.

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Camel milk, long considered a delicacy in the Middle East, is becoming the latest health-fad drink. Or at least that's what a Santa Monica firm is hoping. Desert Farms is selling camel's milk as a healthful, but pricey, alternative to cow's milk.
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