Experts say Cockroach milk is a superfood

Open for culinary experiments? Scientists from India found a wonderful recipe for all food problems: cockroach's milk.

 

Four times more nutritious than classic cow-milk, cockroach milk is a new "wonderful" food, according to scientists from the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore, India.

 

Said "milk" is produced by the insects for their babies, "cute" little cockroaches. But it's not like Indian scientists want to "milk" said insects to make them produce milk. Nope. Since they (the scientists, not cockroaches!) work for a pretty tech-advanced institute, what they really want to do is to sequence the genes responsible for producing the milk protein crystals, and make it artificially.

                  

"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," says Sanchari Banerjee, one of the scientists.                    

But it's not the only advantage of this potential "meal" for humans.

 

"It's time-released food if you need food that is calorically high, that is time-released and food that is complete. This is it," another excited Indian scientist, Subramanian Ramaswamy, says.

 

It's also worth noting that not all cockroaches produce said milk. It's the only species of them, called Diploptera punctata (Pacific Beetle Cockroach), that lives in Australia, India, China and even Hawaii.                  

Years ago, Franz Kafka wrote a book about a guy that changed himself into an insect. Said guy from Kafka's story didn't have a good lifestyle, he mostly stayed home all the time, and after some time, when someone knocked on his door, they found there a huge insect instead of a human. So if you ask me if I am interested in this "full of proteins" food, I will just pass. Sorry!