Scientists believe cockroach milk could be the next big superfood, after research has produced evidence that it could produce some amazing health benefits. Not convinced yet?
The Institute of Stem Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India have discovered that milk can be extracted from the pacific beetle roach, with the milk being made up of protein-infused crystals that are four times more nutritious than cows’ milk.
In the future, there is the potential to harvest roach milk to mass produce it, but at this current moment in time this is something that can only be extracted in labs. It could be several years before this becomes an option on the market.
The researchers’ next step is to collect yeast so the crystals can be produced in much larger quantities. This will make it a little be more practical then extracting straight from a roach’s stomach (plus it’ll be a little less disgusting too).
With our ever-growing population, this could be an important step to solving the world hunger crisis.
Most cockroaches do not actually produce milk. However, the Diploptera punctate are the only known cockroach to give birth to their offspring, and to feed their babies the cockroaches produce a “type” of milk which is full of protein crystals.
It’s pretty amazing that roaches can produce milk in the first place, but what is even more interesting to researchers is that just a single one of these proteins contains more than three times the energy of what is found in an equivalent amount of buffalo milk (which you might not know is higher in calories than cows’ milk).
A member of the research team, Sanchari Banerjee stated in an interview with the Times of India: “The crystals are like a complete food – they have proteins, fats and sugars. If you look into the protein sequences, they have all the essential amino acids.”
Leader of the project, Subramanian Ramaswamy said:”If you need food that is calorifically high, that is time released and food that is complete. This is it.
“They’re very stable. They can be a fantastic protein supplement.”
It may take some more convincing for some people however, with many insisting that this will not be replacing their everyday semi-skinned.
Soooo….how did someone figure out you can get milk from a cockroach??? #momlife
Who has enough time on their hands that they just stop, look at a cockroach and think…I can get milk from that?!?!? 😂😂😂
— MomLife (@SpringByrum) August 6, 2019
We all have to have boundaries. I am drawing a line in the sand. I am not drinking cockroach milk.@Alvildalikely can you imagine?
— Fuck it all, Love Molly (@BettieRiot) August 6, 2019
And how often? Can you milk a cockroach daily, weekly? Soooooo many questions…
— Frisco (@Frisco987) August 6, 2019
Despite all this information, the researchers have been secretive about what roaches’ milk actually tastes like. Perhaps it won’t be something you’ll be adding to your morning coffee anytime soon.
Let us know down in the comments if you have the guts to try a glass of roach milk.