Would You Drink Cockroach Milk - And Should You?

Cockroaches

Cockroaches

Food trends like cronuts and charcoal come and go, but one weird "superfood" is back, two years after it first debuted: Cockroach milk. It's not your typical non-dairy milk alternative like almond milk, but cockroach milk is gaining popularity once again, after coming to the forefront in 2016.

The cockroach crystals, which contain the milk, "are like a complete food" with "all the essential amino acids", a researcher from the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India has claimed.

The freakish fad superfood is made from crystals secreted by mother roaches to feed their young.

However, there is only the Diploptera Punctata species of roach that gives birth to living offspring and not lay eggs, and produces milk to feed their young.

The milk found from the Australian native Pacific beetle cockroach contains all essential amino acids, plus proteins, fats, and sugars and three times the energy of dairy milk, the 2016 study found.

This "milk" really comes from a Particular Kind of cockroach Which Can Be found in The milk-like material is exactly what the moms feed for their scientists and young of their research remarked the bronchial crystals seen in the milk are nearly complete food. As per WCBS reports, several companies are making efforts to take on the trend by selling the bug juice in every possible manner from ice-cream to milk. Gourmet Grub claims that it may be possible to harvest entomilk in a far more environmentally friendly manner than the traditional farming of dairy cows. The company says that entomilk is rich in protein content, as well as iron, zinc and calcium.

As cockroaches don't have nipples, it's a lot harder to milk them - it's estimated 100ml of milk would require 1000 cockroaches be killed. The milk comes from the Pacific Beetle cockroaches from Hawaii. Roaches aren't the easiest creatures to milk, NPR reports.

But at the end of the day, the biggest obstacle in the face of widespread cockroach milk adoption is convincing people that it's not a gross thing (provided scientists prove it's safe).

No, but there are companies developing the milk alternative for human consumption.

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