HORSE MILK is rapidly gaining in popularity across mainland Europe as a healthier alternative to cow‘s milk and could soon be arriving in the UK, reports The Guardian.

The paper reports that horse milk is popular in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria as well as being the national drink of Mongolia since the times before Genghis Khan.

At 1.5% it has a lower fat content than cows milk (3.7%) with many pundits reporting it as the ‘new foodstuff for 2005‘.

According to the paper horse milk was popular in Germany before the First World War when it was delivered to the doorstep but since then its popularity has waned.

Its resurgence is attributed to the fact that it believed to be easier to digest in the human gut than cows‘ milk.

It is also thought the milk is gentler on the stomach of those who suffer gastrointestinal and liver problems.

Health scares such as BSE and growing concern over levels of antibiotics in milk has also helped its revival, adds the paper.

The paper reports that there are now ‘dozens of large scale operations in France, Belgium and the Netherlands in addition to Germany and Austria‘.

Horse milk retails at about £5/litre compared to 83p/litre for cow‘s milk, reckons the paper.