- Cockroaches aren’t mammals but scientists found out that they actually produce protein crystals which one can regard as cockroach milk
- These crystals are said to be more nutritious than cow’s milk
- They are now looking into different possibilities on how to produce it in large quantities
Cockroaches aren’t exactly men’s best friend but scientists recently revealed that the milk they produce might just be the superfood of the future that humans need. This makes many people wonder whether parents should start considering feeding cockroach milk to their children.
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According to a team of scientists who studied cockroaches, these creepy crawlies produce a certain type of milk they feed their babies with. Of course, it’s not like baby cockroaches sucking milk from a cockroach’s teat, rather, this milk if from the midgut of this insect.
Scientists were able to isolate a protein crystal which they say is four times more nutritious than cow’s milk. They also said that it might just be the answer to the world’s population.
Will this have people chasing cockroaches in the future for their milk? Not necessarily.
Scientists from the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India took another approach knowing the absurdity of “milking” a cockroach.
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These scientists sequenced the genes that are responsible for producing the protein crystals and studied the possibility of replicating them in laboratories.
One thing that they found was that in terms of energy, a single protein crystal from cockroaches was three times higher in calories than the same amount of buffalo milk.
“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 acids,” said one of the researchers from the university.
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Aside from being a rich source of calories, the crystal proteins are also 'time-released.' This is good for those who want to grow bigger and fatter, but not if one is trying to lose weight.
According to the researchers, they are very stable. They are now looking at the possibility of getting yeast to aid the production of these cockroach milk protein crystals in larger quantities.
Yeast with cockroach milk is better than directly ingesting protein crystals taken from the gut of a crawling cockroach. - SD, Kami Media