Think twice before killing the next cockroach you find in your apartment. A team of scientists at India’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicinediscovered that cockroach milk may be the greatest super food of them all. The Pacific beetle cockroach (the only kind that gives birth to live young) feeds it’s babies by lactating protein-dense crystals, which pack fats, sugars, amino acids, and more than four times the nutrition of cow’s milk.
“It’s time-released food,” project lead Subramanian Ramaswamy told to a media house.“They can be a fantastic protein supplement.” But don’t swap out your favourite almond milk just yet. Despite its nutritional value, cockroach milk is extremely high in calories. Researchers are currently working to sequence the genes so they can be reproduced in a lab—and the world can avoid the horror of a cockroach milking farm.
Who would’ve thought that Chock full of protein, the insect milk may someday be transformed into a food supplement worthy of human consumption. World is such a mysterious place to live. Go and find some cockroaches now, check bathroom too!