Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Cockroach milk could be the next non-dairy fad

A large cockroach Credit Getty
Melissa Porter | 29 May, 2018, 21:28

Therefore, cockroach milk might become the next most-used superfood.

'If you look into the protein sequences, they have all the essential amino acids'. What is more, even its manufacturers admit that it is not quite simple to harvest cockroach or insect.

However, the consumption of cockroach milk is not entirely new and there are several celebrities who include critters in their diet. The more energy-dense a product, the more calorific it tends to be (a calorie being a unit of energy) so it's interesting that something that's probably more calorific than regular cow's milk is being hailed as a superfood exclusively based on its energy profile.

In 2016, a research team based at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India said the "milk" from the Pacific beetle cockroach could make for the next great superfood. They use the milk to feed their young.

It seems we might not be glugging the stuff anytime soon though as the process of extracting the "milk" actually kills the cockroaches. Foods like blueberries, broccoli, and salmon are known as a superfood.

South African company Gourmet Grubb is already selling "Entomilk" created from sustainably farmed insects.

Superfoods are those which provide all the nutrients to prevent diseases and boost health. Scientists have termed the milk as a superfood as it contains important amino acids and sugar. However, the scientists have not proved that whether the cockroach milk is safe for human or not. You'd also need a hell of a lot of insects to get a glass full of milk.

Cockroach milk is indeed a very nourishing substance but further studies are needed to detect the substance's side effects, if any, in humans. Some researchers are now experimenting with genetically modified yeast - which is far easier to grow and harvest - to produce the same milk as beetle roaches. The milk can be produced from two to three cockroaches in just half of a day.

Unfortunately for health nuts, the actual process of obtaining this milk is extremely hard. Weird and creepy as it may sound, but insects are the latest fad in the craze of superfoods.