Donkey milk seems to be the latest fad in health and nutrition. Yes, you read that correctly – it’s milk from donkeys, also known as ass milk.
You’re probably laughing at this right now, but Eurolactis, a Swiss company announced that they will launch milk from donkeys all over Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States. Aside from milk, the same company will also launch a milk chocolate bar containing this milk.
It may seem like this is something new and a rather ridiculous idea from people who keep on finding “healthy” components from almost anything. But donkey milk is actually quite an old trend.
There are even accounts that Hippocrates, the father of medicine himself, praised the benefits of donkey milk. Ancient Romans also consumed this milk, along with the French who used it for medicinal purpose until the 20th century.
But is donkey milk the same as cow’s milk? Does it even have real health benefits for us to be excited about? Donkey milk is NOT the same as cow’s milk, particularly in nutrition content and it actually has a number of benefits. Here are some interesting facts about donkey milk and its use for the human body:
- Compared to milk from other animals, donkey milk is almost the same as breast milk from humans in terms of nutrition and pH level.
- Donkey milk contains less fat than cow’s milk.
- This type of animal milk also has more omega-3 fatty acids, which can combat inflammation, than cow’s milk – probably even more than organic cow’s milk.
- The natural substances found in donkey milk have been discovered to enhance the immune system and its response to certain conditions. This makes the milk beneficial for people who have asthma, psoriasis, and eczema.
- According to a study published in the Current Pharmaceutical Design journal, donkey milk may be able to prevent hardening of the arteries. This is because the milk can help dilate the blood vessels.
- Another study published in the Journal of Food Science, this particular milk is considered as a pharmafood, which means that it is a processed type of food that contains additives which are beneficial for our health.
- Researchers also concluded that donkey milk has high amounts of lactose. When it is fermented and turned into yogurt, it may be good for people who cannot tolerate products with lactose, including cow’s milk.
Most people would find donkey milk odd, if not laughable. But there’s nothing funny about its health benefits. It also tastes better than how it sounds and it may also have benefits for our skin.