Saturday 24 February 2018

Leading scientists believe cockroach milk could be the superfood of the future

A US zoo is offering a creepy alternative to Valentine's Day gifts this year
A US zoo is offering a creepy alternative to Valentine's Day gifts this year

Cian Murray

Would you put cockroach milk in your tea?

If like most people, you said “no, what are you talking about?” then you may want to have a rethink as an international team of scientists has revealed that it is four times more nutritious than cow’s milk.

The team, which was led by the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India, has even pronounced it as the key to feeding the world’s growing population.

Scientist Sanchari Banerjee, who took part of the survey, 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 acids."

Diploptera punctate, the only cockroach that give birth to live young, produce 'milk' containing protein crystals. These crystals contain more than four times the energy found in the equivalent amount of cow’s milk.  

Obviously, milking a cockroach isn’t the most attractive of practices, so the scientists are planning to use a system to produce synthetic crystals in large amounts.  

Professor Subramanian Ramaswamy, who also took part in the research said: “(This) is more due to a psychological reason. Nobody will eat anything made from roaches."

We are not going to argue with this reasoning.

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