Review Article
Volume 6 Issue 2 - 2021
Nutritional Profile and Potential Health Benefits of Donkey Milk and Milk Products
Dasharath Patel1, Suneeta Pinto1 and Mahendra Pal2*
1Dairy Technology Department, SMC College of Dairy Science, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat, India
2Narayan Consultancy on Veterinary Public Health and Microbiology, Anand, India
*Corresponding Author: Mahendra Pal, Professor, Founder Director of Narayan Consultancy on Veterinary Public Health and Microbiology, Anand, India.
Received: October 17, 2020; Published: January 30, 2021


Milk and milk products being rich in various nutrients are consumed globally as a part of human diet. Consumption of donkey milk and milk products is well-known since time immemorial. There appears to be an increasing awareness in using donkey’s milk in human diet. Donkey milk contains a plethora of antimicrobial components as well as protective factors, which makes it unique milk from amongst milk of other species of animals. The chemical composition of donkey milk is comparable to human milk in terms of its low casein/whey protein ratio, low fat content, and high lactose content. In addition to similarity in nutrition composition, it has similar hypo-allergenicity, immune homeostasis conditions, and antimicrobial activity as human milk. Because of this donkey milk is considered as a functional food, and there is a growing interest in manufacturing of milk products from donkey’s milk. Currently, donkey milk has been used in the preparation of a variety of dairy products viz. cheese, ice cream, milk powder and novel functional fermented beverages. As raw milk acts as a vehicle for pathogenic microbes that causes several diseases including brucellosis and tuberculosis, it is therefore, imperative that milk should be properly pasteurized to safeguard the health of the people.

Keywords: Donkey Milk; Functional Food; Health Benefits; Milk Products; Nutritional Profile


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Citation: Mahendra Pal., et al. “Nutritional Profile and Potential Health Benefits of Donkey Milk and Milk Products”. EC Veterinary Science 6.2 (2021): 31-41.

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