Filed under things you never want to hear about again: cockroach milk is apparently (much like the bugs themselves) the trend that just won't die.
While the benefits of cockroach milk were first discovered in 2016, the nauseating beverage is now creeping into vogue and is being hailed as the next big superfood.
What exactly is it, you ask? Cockroach milk, or post-natal fluid, is milk secreted from the insect in the form of crystals to nourish its spawn… and now humans too, apparently.
In a study published in the Journal of the International Union of Crystallography, authors stated that a single crystal of cockroach milk has a fair amount of protein with essential amino acids, fats, and sugars, and "is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy milk”.
The news comes at a time when debates rage over the environmental and health impacts of dairy and almond milk. In fact, researchers have suggested that insects could be the next possible sustainable source of nutrients for humans.
But before you go to your closest cockroach-infested building with your glass and try to go a-milking, know that there is plenty of research that needs to be carried out before cockroach milk can be considered a viable alternative - like how many cockroaches would need to be “milked” for a glass of milk? And just how safe is it in the long run?
The question "will you be having cockroaches with your meal" usually has a clear answer. Maybe sometime in the future your answer may change… but not just yet.
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