So-called cockroach milk - or post-natal fluid - is secreted from the critter in the form of crystals to nourish its 50 or so hatchlings - and humans could enjoy this nourishment too, according to researchers from the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India, who claim that the "milk" derived from the crystals boasts many nutritional benefits. This means that cockroach milk is the next superfood trend, scientists say.
Cockroach milk could become a new addition to the superfood craze, with food-conscious Australians opting for a dairy alternative in their morning coffee. Overall, it provides up to three times as much energy as the most nutritious dairy milk of the same mass. According to a study of cockroach milk done in 2016, the substance is "like a complete food", with almost four times the protein found in ordinary cow's milk.
A spokesman said: "The crystals are like a complete food - they have proteins, fats and sugars".
Interestingly, the Pacific beetle doesn't lay eggs; instead it gives birth to live young. In fact, some firms are trying to get ahead of the trend by selling the bug juice in everything from milk to ice cream, WCBS reported.
The mass-market viability of insect products hasn't stopped companies such as Gourmet Grubb from making imitation ice-cream with "entomilk" - a non-dairy milk made from sustainably farmed insects.More news: United States goes to Security Council to defend Israel
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"One of the most pivotal benefits of Entomilk is that it has a high protein content and is rich in mineral such as iron, zinc, and calcium", the website writes.
They think that this milk could help people in countries where getting access to enough food is hard.
Even if health food companies were to find a way to package and market cockroach milk in an attractive way, scientists are not even sure humans can consume it. Roaches aren't the easiest creatures to milk, NPR reports.