Hian! Cockroach Milk May be the Superfood of the Future

Hian! Cockroach Milk May be the Superfood of the Future - elsieisy blog

I know how much I dislike cockroaches. I don’t know about you but I know how much I do. But guess what? They say we can now have cockroach drink o. Who dey initiate all this research sef?

A new research indicates that cockroaches are full of protein and may someday be transformed into a food supplement worthy of human consumption. Chineke nna ehn!

CNN reports that Scientists have found that the Pacific Beetle Cockroach feeds its bug babies a formula which is remarkably rich in protein, fat and sugar.

Read what they are saying below:

Hian! Cockroach Milk May be the Superfood of the Future - elsieisy blog

Most people would agree. After all, the insect liquid takes the form of protein crystals in the guts of baby cockroaches.”The protein crystals are milk for the cockroach infant. It is important for its growth and development,” said Leonard Chavas, one of the scientists behind the research. He explained the crystals have a whopping three times the energy of an equivalent mass of buffalo milk, about four times the equivalent of cow’s milk.”The interest here was, what is it really made of?” said Chavas, one of the authors of the research, published in July in the journal International Union of Crystallography.Chavas and his colleagues examined the species, also known as Diploptera punctata, which is the only species of cockroach known to be viviparous — able to bring forth live babies that have developed within the mother’s body, instead of the mother laying eggs to develop outside her body.Like other viviparous creatures, this species of roach nourishes its growing embryos with a protein-rich liquid secreted by its brood sac — the roach version of a uterus.Soon after the embryo ingests the liquid, protein crystals develop within its midgut. Chavas and his colleagues extracted one of these crystals to learn more about it and its potential nutrition. Following tests and even genome sequencing, they discovered it was a complete food.”It is what one would need: protein, essential amino acids, lipids and sugars,” Chavas said, explaining that the energy content is so high that it helps infants within this unique species grow much bigger than cockroach babies of other species.Though the crystal formation may seem surprising, other crystals, including insulin, take shape within the body for easier bodily storage — and it could have potential for human consumption, the research suggests.So, how do you milk a cockroach?The crystals are currently extracted from the midgut of cockroach embryos — perhaps not the most efficient way of feeding a growing world population.”For now, we are trying to understand how to control this phenomena in a much easier way, to bring it to mass production,” Chavas said.Having lost a drinking game with his colleagues, Chavas tasted the cockroach milk once. “No particular taste,” he commented, though the idea of ice cream appeals to him. He imagines “a flavor with honey and crispy pieces.”

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