Not only is cockroach milk fast becoming a part of our food chain and diet, it’s even referred to the super food of the future.
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An international team of scientists from the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) in Bangalore, India, recently unravelled the structure of milk protein crystal from the guts of a cockroach species and well, they say, It’s more than four times as nutritious as cow’s milk and it could be the key to feeding our growing population in the future.
Leonard Chavas, one of the scientists behind the research and his colleagues examined the species, also known as Diploptera punctata, which is the only species of cockroach known to be viviparous, able to bring forth live babies that have developed within the mother’s body, instead of the mother laying eggs to develop outside her body.
This species of roach nourishes its growing embryos with a protein-rich liquid secreted by its brood sac. After the embryo ingests the liquid, protein crystals develop within its midgut.
“The crystals are like a complete food — they have proteins, fats and sugars,”Sanchari Banerjee, one of the main authors of the study, told the Times of India. “If you look into the protein sequences, they have all the essential amino acids.”
So, I know you are tempted to ask, how does one even milk a cockroach?
Well, the crystals are currently extracted from the midgut of cockroach embryos. “For now, we are trying to understand how to control this phenomenon in a much easier way, to bring it to mass production,” Chavas said.
Chavas who tasted the cockroach milk once said “No particular taste,” though the idea of ice cream appeals to him. He imagines “a flavour with honey and crispy pieces.”
Although the thought of drinking cockroach milk, the bugging pest that gets a lot of Nigerian girls screaming all over the place, is a bit worrisome but then looking at the bright side, a good number of Nigerians have taken in insects which not any better than cockroaches, so why wouldn’t we take this?
Anyway, if you’re really looking to increase your protein content, then cockroach milk might just be the best drink to consider.