Is Giraffe Milk The Newest Superfood?


By Cooking Panda

These days, there are all sorts of different ways people are able to get their calcium and nutrients.

The dairy industry obviously has offered an assortment of different animal-milks that people have favored, such as cow’s milk and goat’s milk. Additionally, there is an enormous array of plant-based milk options that come from a variety of different plants and legumes. You can buy pea milk, cashew milk, oat, hemp, almond and soy milk, among many others.

Now, new to the scene is giraffe milk, and according to Metro, it might actually not be a bad choice for those who choose to consume animal-dairy.

Apparently, a group of researchers in 1962 decided to go ahead and milk a giraffe — 1) just to see if they could and 2) to find out the nutritional profile of the animal’s milk.

The report, found on Wiley Online Library, showed that giraffe milk is actually really high in fat content — about 9 percent higher than full-fat cow’s milk — and contains around the same amount of thiamine, vitamin B6 and riboflavin as cow’s milk.

However, giraffe’s milk actually has higher levels of vitamins A and B12, making it a more nutritious choice than cow’s milk, if you disregard the fatty aspect.

But does that mean you’re likely to start seeing giraffe’s milk on the supermarket shelves in the coming days, months or years?

Probably not.

According to Metro, there are too many limitations around production of giraffe’s milk that limit our consumption of the ultra-fatty, but vitamin-packed drink. Even though animal agriculture is huge business that contributes largely to waste, suffering and more, that still doesn’t mean it would prioritize vitamins over the cost and practicalities of producing giraffe’s milk.

It’s just too expensive and not efficient enough to produce on a global scale.

We guess you’ll have to stick to your normal milk-type for now!

Sources: Metro, Wiley Online Library / Photo Credit: Giraffe/Instagram

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