Camel meat is a great source of protein. It is low in fat (2.9% – 3% fat) and cholesterol and high in unsaturated fatty acids. Unlike other species that store fat in their muscle, camel fat is concentrated in the hump. Camel meat has a high moisture content of around 76% – 79%. This high moisture content helps carry nutrients to cells, flush toxins out of organs and keep the skin moist.
Camel meat is a rich source of various macro and micronutrients. Macronutrients are required in larger amounts and include protein and fat and provide the body with energy. The micronutrients are required in smaller amounts and are commonly known as vitamins and minerals. The micronutrients in camel meat include vitamin C, B3, B6, B12 and E and minerals iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc and copper, and it also contains a rich source of carnitine and taurine.
Camel meat has had a bad wrap due to the toxic plant know as Indigofera – it is important that I set the record straight:
There are around 700 species of Indigofera plants worldwide and around 30 of those species are found in parts of Australia including Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, New South Wales and South Australia.
These legume plants are resistant to drought and flood, high in protein and palatable to herbivores like cattle, horses, goats, rabbits and camels. To give you an idea of how toxic this plant is, the Aboriginal people used it to kill or stun fish and eels by crushing leaves and adding them to the water. That is toxic!
What makes it so toxic? The Indigofera plant contains a natural toxin called Indospicine that causes liver damage. Indospicine is not readily excreted from the body, which means it continues to exist in the tissue and muscle of herbivores ingesting the plant and it is only when the herbivore stops ingesting the plant, the toxins do deplete from their system, but it can take several months to leave the body completely.
Many animals are susceptible to this toxicity, but it seems that dogs are particularly sensitive and vulnerable with reports of liver degeneration and worse, mortality. For example: in 1984, 30 dogs from Alice Springs died after consuming horse meat from locally slaughtered horses, in 2009 4 dogs suffered severe liver disease after consuming camel meat in WA, and more recently in 2021, 25 dogs lost their lives, all after consuming herbivores that had eaten the Indigofera plant. These are tragedies and should never have happened.
The farmed camel meat used in the ‘Complete Meal’ is completely traceable with strict quality control. It is ethically farmed without the use of chemicals, insecticides, or pesticides and the camels are cared for using low stress handling techniques.
The camels used in the ‘Complete Meal’ live on farmland free of the Indigofera plant.
The Complete Pet Company would not risk their own dogs’ lives nor those of our customers, which is why I have written this article, researched the Indigofera plant and responsibly sourced the camel meat used in the Complete Meal.
Written by – Jenny Golsby
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