Recently, people have been adopting all kinds of crazy trends when it comes to food and nutrition. Among these insane trends, they have just added an alternative to milk that will likely bring shivers down your spine.
Cockroach milk is supposedly healthier, as it contains more proteins and amino acids than regular milk. Soon enough, this strange treat might enter the superfood group.
Odd New Trend that is Highly Nutritious
This odd trend became popular in 2016 when researchers conducted some studies on the milk they extracted from a specific species of cockroach in Hawaii. This way, they discovered the milk in question was a lot better than the one we drink. It had more nutrients, more proteins, and had all the amino acids we needed for a healthy development.
The species in question is called the Pacific beetle cockroach. It is strikingly different than other species as it doesn’t lay eggs but give birth to its young. Therefore, it produces cockroach milk to feed them. Researchers collected such milk from the creatures and spotted some particles inside that were incredibly nutritious.
Of course, the information got to the ears of nutrition companies. For instance, Gourmet Grubb from South Africa started breeding these cockroaches and then collected milk from them.
Afterward, they produced Entomilk, a safe and eco-friendly alternative to the dairy product. People might be reluctant about drinking cockroach milk and producing it is also a difficult process.
Is Cockroach Milk Actually Good for Humans?
Despite all this, more companies might soon exploit it as a superfood. Such foods are really rich in nutrients and can really herd off many diseases, and include blueberries, salmon, or broccoli. However, there’s no scientific base behind this list.
In this case, science might be the one that keeps cockroach milk from becoming a trend. Since it comes from an insect, drinking this milk might put you at some risks. When researchers first found out about cockroach milk, they identified it as nutritious for insects.
However, they couldn’t prove it’s safe for humans. Until we cannot prove this, it’s better to avoid turning the product into a superfood trend.
The 2016 study on cockroach milk was published in the journal of the International Union of Crystallography.
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