It’s undeniable that cows have been the popular source of milk so far. However, scientists have found a different source in a much cheaper way. It’s from the cockroach. And it’s said to taste very like milk of the cows.
In fact, cockroach “milk” is made up of nutrient-rich crystals reported to have three times the energy of the equivalent mass of normal dairy milk.
Unlike other species of cockroaches, Diploptera Punctata, as known as the Pacific beetle cockroach, gives birth to its young and feeds them with the milk it produces.
“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,” Sanchari Banerjee, one of the main researchers, told the Times of India.
A researcher from the Institue of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative medicine in India claimed that the nutritional value of the cockroach product is much higher than other kinds of milk, namely cow’s milk or soy milk. However, it still sounds disgusting.
A South African company, Gourmet Grub at the forefront of the movement on using insects as the main ingredient in their product. They market something called “entomilk” made from sustainably farmed insects.
The company said on its website, “This is considered to be significantly more environmentally friendly than the traditional farming of dairy cows. One of the most pivotal benefits of entomilk is that it has a high protein content and is rich in minerals such as iron, zinc, and calcium.”
Nevertheless, milking cockroaches is not an easy task as it may seem. Around 1000 cockroaches are needed to yield 100 grams of milk.
Dr. Barbara Stay from the University of Iowa explained, “The only way (to milk a cockroach) would be to make cultures of yeast with the genes in it for making this milk.”
Thus, believing the new source will be the superfood in the future, some companies now farm cockroaches for milking purposes.
Nguyet Hang Do
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