Cockroach Milk Could Be The Newest Superfood

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We just got used to eating kale without making a weird face, and now we’re gonna have to get used to doing the same with cockroach milk.

The latest new superfood that may soon be on grocery shelves is a good ol’ glass of cockroach milk. Instead of squishing them, are we going to be milking them? Not exactly. It’s not just any roach. It’s the Diploptera puctata, or the Pacific Beetle Cockroach, that has the special milk we need.

A group of researchers from five different countries that include Japan, India, Canada, the U.S. and France, have determined that cockroaches could be the answer to eternal youth.

Well, not literally, but the Pacific Beetle Cockroach’s milk, that it feeds its offspring, contains highly nutritious protein crystals. Their milk contains all of the essential amino acids and the protein crystal is estimated to contain three times the amount of energy found in dairy milk.

These cockroaches birth to live babies rather than hatching eggs which should explain why they are able to feed their offspring milk, like mammal.

So how are we going to get milk from them?

Professor John Carver, Director of the Research School of Chemistry at Australian National University has said, “They wouldn’t go and kill lots of cockroaches for it. They would isolate the gene for this protein from the cockroach and then express it and grow it up in a yeast system in very large microbiological vats and produce large quantities.”