Most of us would definitely freak out when we see cockroaches. Some would even cringe upon hearing the word. These little creepy crawlies have been considered as pests at home – feeding on whatever they can find. They are also scavengers, they will eat just about anything: glue, soap, grease, leather, books, bookbindings, even garbage! Aside from this, they also spread diseases and bacteria that are too small to be seen by the naked eye.
But did you know that although many people hate to get close to these insects, scientists at the International Union of Crystallography believe that they have more to offer. Scientists think and believe that although most cockroaches don’t actually produce milk, Diploptera punctate, which is the only known cockroach to give birth to live young, has been shown to pump out a type of ‘milk’ containing protein crystals to feed its babies.
Cockroach milk is believed to be the next superfood of the future. Would you be willing to give it a try?
Scientists have found out that the Pacific Beetle Cockroach feeds its bug babies a formula which is remarkably rich in protein, fat and sugar — everything we humans need! You can see it when you slice open an embryonic roach under a microscope– after slicing, the crystals spill out in a shower of nutrient-dense glitter.
Well, it might not be as enticing as a ginger and carrot smoothie but this cockroach milk is set to become the next super food, according to findings from scientists in India. Research shows that it is rich in protein– it is four times as nutritious as cow’s milk! The milking is difficult, however.
Leonard Chavas, one of the scientists behind the research said, “The protein crystals are milk for the cockroach infant. It is important for its growth and development.” He further explained that this ‘cockroach milk’ have a whopping three times the energy of an equivalent mass of buffalo milk, about four times the equivalent of cow’s milk. Isn’t it amazing?
It is basically what every person needs: protein, essential amino acids, lipids and sugars. The ‘milk crystals’ are currently extracted from the midgut of cockroach embryos, but they are working on producing bioengineered cockroach milk in the near future.
Watch the video below and find out more of the incredible research:
If given the chance, would you be willing to give the cockroach milk a try? Would you dare taste it?
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