Cockroach milk, anyone?

by Nikko Tuazon
May 28, 2018
Experts claim that "cockroach milk" produced from Australian-native Pacific beetle is the next superfood trend—in far, far future.

Experts are predicting that milk produced from cockroach may be our next super food.

Before you say "ugh," this "milk" comes from Australian-native Pacific beetle cockroach, not from our regular house pest.

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Scientists first released their research about cockroach milk in 2016.

According to a report of The Washington Post, University of Iowa zoologist Barbara Stay stumbled upon the milk crystal-packed liquid food after slicing open an embryonic roach.

Pacific beetle cockroach is the only roach species that gives birth to live offspring and produces milk to feed them during their gestational period.

Meanwhile, biochemist Subramanian Ramaswamy and his team of researchers at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Bangalore, India, did further studies on the milk crystals' nutritional value.

They discovered the milk crystals are packed with essential amino acids, proteins, fats, and sugars.

But are they safe for human consumption?

Ramaswamy told The Washington Post, "In principle, it should be fine. But today we have no evidence that it is actually safe for human consumption."

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For sure, cockroach milk will not hit the market anytime soon. It takes time to come up with conclusive evidence of its usefulness to human.

And even if research will show it is safe for human consumption, milk crystal is difficult to extract and produce, and takes long to process.

For one, cockroaches do not produce as much milk as cows or any other milk-producing mammal.

According to an article by Inverse.com, it will take more than 1,000 cockroaches to produce 100 grams of milk.

The article also notes it's a lot more feasible to produce a "cockroach milk pill," which will need only 100 Pacific beetle cockroaches.

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Experts claim that "cockroach milk" produced from Australian-native Pacific beetle is the next superfood trend—in far, far future.
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