Scientists Say: Cockroach Milk Is The Next Big Superfood

After spending seven years in research and three years to get it published, Dr. Banerjee sanchari Dr. Subramanian Ramaswamy and his team of scientists put together a study that reveals that milk cockroaches could be the next superfood. The group of international scientists in Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (Instem) in Bangalore, India, found that cockroach species that gives birth to live young (instead of eggs) produces a substance so highly nutritious, containing nearly four times the energy of cow’s milk, and three times the energy of buffalo milk.

While the idea may evoke complete disgust, research shows that the “juice cockroach” actually may benefit human health, thanks to Roach crystals that act as a complete food proteins, fats and sugars.

“If we look at protein sequences, which have all the essential amino acids,” said Dr. sanchari Banerjee, one of the main authors of the article published in July in magazine of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCrJ) .

The female cockroach secretes liquid foods after giving birth. Babies then feed and feed on the substance produced in the intestine of his mother. This cockroach milk, which does not really like cow’s milk is rich in protein, sugar and fat.

Why cockroaches?

Cucaracha research dates back more than 40 years ago, when Dr. Barbara Stay – a scientist and professor of biology – began studying evolution based on the life cycles of insects Forbes says . During his research, Dr. Stay discovered that a kind of cockroach was larger than the others.

In 2006 researchers gathered to continue the study. Each had a number of interests on why cockroaches grew at different rates and technology in the production of protein crystals, among other things. However, it was not until 2013 when the team discovered the potential for human consumption cockroach milk.

But how to milk a cockroach?

First, it is important to note that not all cockroaches can be milked. Milkable cockroaches belong to a species called diploptera punctate – the only known species of cockroaches that gives birth to live young and are mainly in the Pacific. They also have to be about 54 days old, so that the embryos reach 40 to 45 percent of gestation.

Second (and perhaps fortunately), cockroaches lack nipples, so they can not be milked. Unfortunately, the process involves killing a cockroach without being crushed. To recover the nutritious milk, you need to open the abdomen of the insect and excreted. Storing milk is relatively simple, said Dr. Leonard Chavas, one of the scientists behind the research. “The crystals simply be stored in a neutral pH environment where it is neither too acid nor too alkaline.”

crystals instead of milk

Do not worry, milk cockroach never be marketed as regular milk. Do not expect to see in the dairy aisle or alternative dairy aisle in your supermarket in the short term. Although reference is made like milk, this super food actually refers to the nutritional substance is intended for baby cockroaches “and not the white liquid that you and I get in the supermarket,” said Dr. Chavas. Actually glasses of milk.

and how do you know? “Actually, I did not know anything about anything,” said Dr. Chavas, she described eating a sprinkling of crystals -. After losing a match dare

Thus, while it is unlikely that milk from cockroaches will be marketed as regular cow’s milk or milk substitute, we can see crystals cockroach milk protein drinks, supplements or energy bars, said Dr. Ramaswamy to the Washington post . But, of course, that would require mass production and a large number of deaths of cockroaches in the process.

The large-scale production

Naturally, the large-scale production creates certain challenges for researchers. First, scientists need to define the 3D structure of the cockroach milk so that manufacturers could obtain sufficient information to ensure that the product is safe enough for human consumption. Scientists also hope to create a bioengineered yeast that allows the production of the same crystals without actually kill more cockroaches. Because the funds and the challenges associated with this type of research, researchers estimate that cockroaches milk could be on the shelves, so to speak, in less than ten years.

While the idea of ​​consuming milk cockroach disgust, there is definitely something to say about an error that has walked the earth hundreds of millions of years and can even survive a nuclear disaster. In fact, About Education says that if you traveled back to the Jurassic period and walked among the dinosaurs, you can easily find roaches crawling under logs and stones in prehistoric forests.

Therefore, as gross as it may seem, this magical “bug juice” could one day appear in the list of ingredients in your favorite bar power -. Supply enough power to support hopefully a nuclear disaster

– Katherine Marko

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