Mind & Body

Is Cockroach Milk The Next Great Superfood?

Imagine drinking a glass of cold, refreshing milk... except that milk came from a cockroach. It's a situation that seems more outlandish than it really is. Scientists have identified cockroach milk as a potential "superfood."

Not all cockroaches produce milk, but the Diploptera punctata cockroach does, as it is one of the few insects that gives birth to live young. In the mid-gut of this particular type of cockroach, there are protein crystals that are about four times more nutritious than cow's milk. If milking a cockroach seems ridiculous, it's because it would be. Instead, an international team of researchers is looking into sequencing the genes that create this milk protein crystal in labs. "The crystals are like a complete food -- they have proteins, fats and sugars. If you look into the protein sequences, they have all the essential amino acids," one of the researchers, Sanchari Banerjee, told the Times of India. Find out more about cockroach milk, and other surprising benefits of cockroaches, in these videos.

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Written by Curiosity Staff August 5, 2016

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