Cockroach milk may be more effective than regular milk, scientists say
Used to feed infant cockroaches, the rich crystalized formula may be beneficial for human intake
A recent study shows that drinking cockroach milk may be a worthy food supplement.
Scientists believe that formula fed to baby cockroaches by the Pacific Beetle Cockroach may be worthy of human consumption.
The formula is surprisingly rich in protein, fat and sugar and contains three and four times more energy than buffalo and cow milk respectively.
But the milk extracted from roaches is not the typical type that could be found at a grocery.
“Any liquid harvested from a cockroach is not true milk,” said Becky Facer, director of school and educator programs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta.
“At least not as we think of it,” Facer added.
Protein crystals are formed in the cockroach’s stomach upon consumption of the liquid milk.
As cockroaches cannot be milked, crystals are taken out of the insect’s embryos and are made safe for human intake.
Leonard Chavas, one of the other researchers, once tasted the roach milk after losing a bet with some of his colleagues.
“[The milk had] no particular taste,” he commented to CNN.