Can you eat camel meat?

In this short article, we will provide an answer to the question, “Can you eat camel meat?” with an in-depth analysis of the nutritional value and health benefits of camel meat, and how to cook camel meat.

Can you eat camel meat?

Yes, you can eat camel meat. Camel meat is used as a staple food in many countries. Camel meat is a rich red meat that is high in protein and low in cholesterol and is considered a healthy choice to eat. 

Camel meat, especially young calves, are somewhat similar in taste and texture to beef. The meat fat is smooth and soft with yellow colour.

Nutritional value of camel meat

Camel meat has two main qualities that make it unique from beef and mutton i.e., it is low in fat and has high moisture content. 

Camel meat has 1.2 per cent to1.8 per cent fat content.  It has a high amount of good quality protein and essential vitamins, particularly vitamin B complex and minerals such as calcium, iron, and phosphorus. Additionally, it has a low level of cholesterol (61 milligrams) as compared to beef and mutton, making it a healthy diet for humans. 

Camel meat is also rich in essential amino acids, as compared to beef and contains a high percentage of glycogen so it is utilised in many food recipes such as sausage, mortadella, corned beef, and shawarma. 

How to buy camel meat?

It is often recommended to purchase young camel meat that is softer and has a better taste than the older camels. The meat of the older camels is harder and consists of thick fibres which reduce their sensitivity to heat and enzymes. Therefore, they do not cook well. 

Health benefits of camel meat

Weight loss

In the case of camels, the percentage of intramuscular fat decreases as the camel gets older, unlike other animals. This makes camel meat less fatty, so its consumption is healthy and suggested for weight loss. 

This quality of camel also decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis since it reduces blood cholesterol levels.

Help prevent cancer 

Camel meat contains linoleic acid- an unsaturated fatty acid that combines with other unsaturated fatty acids taken from vegetable oils to help fight cancer.

Cures fatigue

Camel meat provides the energy needed by body cells, thus it helps to cure exhaustion and fatigue issues. The energy provided by camel meat comprises sugar not fat, as a camel’s fat is accumulated in its hump, unlike other animals which store it in their muscles.

Support nerve function 

Camel meat is rich in glycogen- a carbohydrate that is easily metabolized into glucose in the body, which in turn, is utilized by the nervous system to provide energy thus supporting the work of nerve cells. 

Heal tissue damage 

Camel meat also provides the protein and energy needed for tissue regeneration, hormone reproduction, and enzyme production. It is particularly important for the elderly as their bodies require easily metabolized and digested foods like camel meat.

Cure diseases 

Due to the presence of low amounts of saturated fatty acids and cholesterol in camel meat, it has been found to cure stroke, heart diseases, common cold, shoulder pain, sciatica, cancer, obesity and infections, especially among elders as this meat can improve muscle health. 

Reduce the risk of anaemia 

Camel meat contains a high percentage of iron, one of the primary components of blood haemoglobin which helps to decrease the risk of anaemia.

Improves eyesight

Camel meat also helps to treat corneal opacity and to improve eyesight, while the fat content is used to cure haemorrhoids. 

Cures asthma

Camel meat contains high amounts of vitamin C which enhances immunity. For this reason, camel meat is often prescribed as a cure for asthma.

How to cook camel meat?

  1. In a large pan, add the meat with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Heat it until the meat turns light brown.
  2. After that add turmeric, cloves, dried lemons, cinnamon, peppercorns,  cardamom, and bay leaves.  
  3. Add enough water so that the meat gets covered completely. 
  4. Bring it to a boil, lower the flame so that it simmers, and cover the pan.
  5. Cook it this way for nearly 1 hour and then add salt to it.  
  6. Continue cooking until the meat gets tender.  
  7. Take the meat out of the pan and set it in a strainer to drain. At this point, you can save the broth to make some rice.
  8. Now you have to lightly fry the meat. So add enough oil to a frying pan, heat it up and carefully add the meat. 
  9. Be careful because it is going to splutter. You just have to lightly fry the meat until it gets a subtle golden-brown colour.  
  10. Remove it from the oil and let it drain on a dish lined with paper towels.

Conclusion

In this short article, we have provided an answer to the question, “Can you eat camel?” with an in-depth analysis of the nutritional value and health benefits of camel meat, and how to cook camel meat.

References 

https://medcraveonline.com/IJAWB/the-present-situation-of-animal-protein-in-egypt-and-the-role-of-camels-in-providing-cheap-and-healthy-meat-for-people-in-poor-greenery-lands.html
https://www.goldenibil.com/meat-benefits

http://healthyfoods111111.blogspot.com/2016/04/camel-meat-healthier-than-red-meat.html

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