Cockroaches in restaurants are usually enough to warrant a call from the Food Standards Agency, but the insects could soon be finding their way into our favourite eateries for all the right reasons.
Yes, the creepy crawlies are being lauded the next big superfood, and it’s all thanks to the nutritional benefits found in their milk.
The post-natal fluid is secreted by the insects and fed to their hatchlings after they give birth, and apparently, it could be highly beneficial to us humans too.
All together now: ewww.
Research from the the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India has found that the crystal-like milk has tons of good proteins.
Sanchari Banerjee, one of the main researchers, told the Times of India: “The crystals are like a complete food – they have proteins, fats and sugars. If you look into the protein sequences, they have all the essential amino acid.”
For anyone interested, the non-dairy alternative is said to taste rather like cow’s milk.
While the research into the benefits of cockroach milk seems highly important, the feasibility of actually bringing the product to our restaurant menus seems less likely.
This has a lot to do with the fact cockroaches are tiny, so it would take ages to farm even tiny amounts of the nutritional fluid.
Additionally, Inverse claim cockroaches die when they are – shudder – milked, so farming them is neither efficient or ethical.
So there you have it: people who lovers of food fads will have to wait another day to try cockroach milk, and people who recoil at the idea (most of mankind) can sleep easy tonight.
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