Sydney: A Scientific study has proclaimed that creepy-crawly non-dairy alternatives are here with the bizarre new superfood. The cockroach’s milk has grabbed mixed reactions from netizens like horror, fascination, and sometimes a little bit of both. Cockroach’s milk came in the spotlight after a 2016 research paper reported on the isolation of milk crystals from the Pacific beetle cockroach — scientifically known as Diploptera punctate.
So what is cockroach milk
The buzz all started back in 2016 when an international team of researchers conducted a nutritional analysis of the milk-like substance that female Pacific beetle cockroaches produce and feed to their offspring. According to NPR, the scientists discovered that cockroach milk (which is not technically milk, by the way, but a yellowish fluid that solidifies into crystals in the offspring’s stomachs) is one of the most nutritious substances on the planet.
Pacific beetle cockroach
Fortunately, we are unlikely to see this scenario any time soon — at least for the latter — but a clever marketing campaign sees cockroach milk back in the spotlight after a 2016 research paper reported on the isolation of milk crystals from the Pacific beetle cockroach — scientifically known as Diploptera punctate.
Cockroach milk is much more healthier
The study, published in the Journal of the International Union of Crystallography, found that cockroach milk contains three times more calories than the equivalent mass of buffalo milk, which currently holds the prize for the most calorie-rich milk from a mammal. Cockroach milk also contains protein and amino acids, which could potentially be valuable to human health.