Understandably, you may have a few questions. Here's everything you need to know.
Yes! But if you think they are crushed cockroaches that are somehow made into a liquid that you need to pour into your cereal – like a really rough almond milk – you're off the hook.
This all comes from a study published in 2016 in which researchers analyzed the milk of the Pacific Beetle Cockroach or Diploptera punctata .
This species is found in parts of Asia, Australia and Hawaii, and the females produce a nutritious liquid, aka milk, that their young – technically 9 to 12 developing embryos ̵
Although they are far from being a mammal, this species is unique in that it is the only cockroach species to feed live juveniles in this way.
"Your ordinary garden cockroach does not do that" Stephen Tobe, a co-author of the study, said Buzzfeed News. Tobe is based at the University of Toronto and it's his cockroaches that were used in the study.
It is a bit more complicated than milking a cow because the beetles do not excrete the liquid. To conduct the analysis, the researchers had to carefully cut open dead female cockroaches carrying babies. Then they took an embryo, cut off the head and the end of his abdomen, removed the midgut, and finally took a pipette to take out the milk, which was in a crystallized form.
It's definitely nutritious. Sanchari Banerjee is one of the authors of the study and is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Bengaluru, India. She told Buzzfeed News the milk is made up of proteins, non-lactose sugars and lipids that are fats.
"It serves as a complete food for the embryos.The proteins consist of all 20 amino acids, while the lipids contain essential fats," she said.
"In terms of nutrition, it provides three times more energy than cow and buffalo milk."
You can not. Although some media reports sound like cockroach milk would be next to coconut milk at your local Whole Foods, that's not the case.
Although research is a promising start, these milk crystals are actually not available to humans (19659003) So, all of these articles that point out that cockroach milk comes into the stores are simply wrong. Cockroach milk is not the next trendy food, because it's not even a meal.
Theoretically, yes, Tobe said.
"Presumably you could drink it if you get a lot of cockroaches," he said. 19659003] But it would take a lot of dead cockroaches to make a cup of milk. In fact, mass production would bring millions of mistakes. One of the study authors said that inverse it would take more than 1000 cockroaches to harvest 100 grams of milk, which is equivalent to 3.5 ounces or one-fifth of a pound.
"It certainly will not feed the world," said Tobe, adding that it's very dubious cockroach milk that will ever find its way to your local grocery store.
Banerjee said, when milk is produced for human consumption it would probably be in pill form, given its stable crystalline nature and ease of packaging the supplement. "
I mean, yes? If You Want
There is no scientific definition of "superfood", which is why the term is so often thrown around. It really is just a marketing term because brands really want you to think that their products are not only normal, but great .
Practically, "superfood" foods that have a high nutritional content are considered particularly healthy. By that definition, Banerjee said cockroach milk could actually be called a superfood.
"It's definitely a next-generation food that takes into account all its benefits, and because of its versatility it can be called a superfood" No, "she said.
Tobe, on the other hand, would not use the term.
"Yes, it's stronger," he said, "but to call it superfood? I would not call it that ", but I can not dictate what's hip."