Three years after scientific research on cockroach milk first made headlines, the creepy-crawly non-dairy alternative is back in the news. Now internet is reacting with horror, curiosity, and sometimes a little bit of both.
So, what exactly is this milk? An international team of researchers undertook a nutritional study of the milk-like liquid that female Pacific beetle cockroaches generate and give to their larvae in 2016. According to NPR, the researchers determined that cockroach milk is one of the most nutritious things on the earth. Cockroach milk, by the way, is not milk, but a yellowish fluid that forms into crystals in the offspring’s bellies.
The study, in International Union of Crystallography, shows cockroach milk has 3 times the calories of buffalo milk. Which now holds the record for the highest calorie-rich milk from a mammal. This so called milk also includes protein and amino acids, which may be beneficial to human health.
As repulsive as it may sound, the concept of cockroach milk appeals to many scientists and even some customers. After all, there is a rising demand for dairy-free alternatives to cow’s milk and ice cream—for individuals with dairy allergies or intolerances, vegans, and anybody searching for more sustainable, ecologically friendly food sources.
Presence of protein in Cockroach Milk
Researchers say that Protein crystals and amino acids are there in cockroach milk.
According to medical specialists, cockroaches have protein crystals that carry a significant quantity of energy.
This energy is far more than that contained in cow’s milk. The proteins also include a high concentration of essential amino acids, which aid in muscle healing.
When the protein in milk is digested, the milk crystals continue to release protein slowly. This sluggish absorption rate is referred to as a ‘time release’ protein, and it provides a continuous flow of nutrients into the body.
With all of these strange and unexpected facts, we need to learn a lot more about the science of this food source before concluding that it is the next superfood. More research is is yet to undertake to determine whether it has any nutritional advantages in people while posing no health risks.