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Will Cockroach Milk Become A Thing Soon?

Back in the year 2016, a group of researchers discovered something uncanny, bizarre yet very extraordinary: a single crystal of milk found in cockroach embryo is estimated to have at least more than three times the energy one can get from its dairy milk equivalent. Not only that, but it’s also one of the most nutrient-rich substances that’s discovered in planet Earth as of late.

So why isn’t it a thing yet? Well, partly because the idea of drinking milk that came from cockroaches may not be welcomed by everyone, and because researchers still aren’t sure if the milk itself is safe to be consumed by humans. However, once the studies are finished and they can confirm that it’s indeed safe for human consumption, your store shelves might line up with cockroach milk more sooner than later.

According to many experts, it seems like cockroach milk is making some sort of resurgence and buzz again in 2019, despite other diet trends dying off years ago. This might be because there is incredible potential in cockroach milk, due to its extraordinary amount of nutrients. In fact, before the study was done in 2016, buffalo milk is considered as the most nutrient-rich milk in existence. However, the study soon proved that cockroach milk is three times more rich in calories than buffalo milk, cementing how healthy it really is.

“The reason people are so interested in cockroach milk is that it is a non-dairy milk alternative that is higher in protein than cow’s milk and rich in other nutrients,” Jillian Kubala, a registered nutritionist, said.

Despite the milk’s insane amount of calories, fats and nutrients, however, most people still find the entire endeavor very hard to stomach. Furthermore, the process for extracting can be quite tricky.

“You substitute a filter paper in the brood sac for the embryos and you leave it there [for a while before removing it],” Barbara Stay, one of the first people to study a roach’s crystalline milk, explained. According to her, the process is like “milking a cockroach.”

Nevertheless, the entire endeavor sounds promising, even though studies are still limited, and it’s still unclear whether the milk itself can be safely consumed.

Cockroach Milk Milk extracted from the Pacific beetle cockroach may have high nutritional value. Tookapic/Pexels