Cockroach milk might become the next superfood on millenials’ wish list

Cockroach milk? Scientists call insect dairy the next superfood

Cockroach milk? Scientists call insect dairy the next superfood

This particular kind of cockroach, which is usually found on Pacific islands like Hawaii, is the only known cockroach that gives birth to their babies, as opposed to laying eggs. Also, according to the science news website Inverse, the cockroaches die in the process of extracting the fluid, thus making the whole enterprise "neither feasible or efficient". These crystals are able to provide complete nutrients for the young, with a single crystal estimated to have over three times the energy that an equivalent amount of dairy milk has. That would be odd.

Scientists get these crystals from the gut of the cockroach but milking them is not the best option. Despite being "among the most nutritious and highly caloric substances on the planet", it is not likely you'll be seeing the Pacific Beetle cockroach's milk crystals showing up on the shelves in the neighborhood health food store anytime soon. An analysis of the protein sequences showed that they have all the essential amino acids. For those who jump on the wagon, trying to maintain a regular fix of cockroach milk may be challenging even when it reaches the market. Their solution is called "entomilk", which is sourced from sustainably farmed insects.

"This is considered to be significantly more environmentally friendly than the traditional farming of dairy cows", it says on its website.


There are a couple of hurdles before this can happen.

Even as some companies are developing the milk alternative, scientists aren't 100 percent sure yet whether the cockroach product is toxic to humans. It is clear that the process of cultivating cockroach mill is time intensive.

Cockroaches are reportedly hard to milk, a process that involves killing the insect, according to Inverse. The unappealing name and appearance of cockroach milk and cockroaches respectively are to be credited for the same. For the study, the scientists had cut out the middle part of the alimentary canal from the stomach of the cockroach by a scalpel to harvest milk. The taste itself isn't anything special, confided Subramanian Ramaswamy, one of the researchers, to the Washington Post.

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