Slow Food: Organic Donkey Milk

Monday, January 24th, 2011
Slow Food: Organic Donkey Milk

Milk. We all love a bit of the white stuff. Added to your tea, splashed onto your cereal or heated up with some honey to soothe a sore throat.  There are plenty of variations around. Lactofree milk, long life milk, organic milk and goats milk. But what about donkey milk?

Yeah, I had no idea it existed either.

Apparently these cute, slightly dopey-looking animals produce milk with a higher protein content and a lower fat level. While it might seem like an odd concept, donkey milk was actually sold in the UK up until the end of the 19th century.

Donkey milk is back in the limelight since it was revealed that milk from cows might not be quite as healthy as we like to think. This is particularly the case when the weather takes a turn for the worst and we have a cold and wet summer.

According to a study, published in this month’s Journal of Dairy Science and led by researchers at Newcastle University, this change in seasons makes the produced milk “significantly higher saturated fat content and far less beneficial fatty acids.”

Another interesting fact to come out of the study is that organic milk often has much higher levels of saturated fat than standard milk.

So, will you be giving donkey milk a try?


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