Cockroach milk? Scientists call insect dairy the next superfood

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It may sound wired but it is a fact.

Insects are pretty nutrition-dense: 100g of crickets (for example) contain 121 calories, 12.9g of protein and 75.8mg of iron so it might follow that the milk is equally fortified. The study informed that it provides all the required amount of nutrients that a human body needs every day.

The first hints that cockroach milk is worth our attention came in 2016, when an global team of researchers reported the first study of protein crystals sourced from the Pacific beetle cockroach (Diploptera punctata). They use the milk to feed their young.

Cockroach milk is made up of nutrient-rich crystals reported to have three times the energy of the same mass of cows milk.

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A superfood is a food that is very rich in compounds beneficial for prevention of disease or overall health.

Broccoli, blueberries, and poultry.

Will cockroach milk become the next most-used superfood? But, there's absolutely no scientific basis or basic regulation for what could be deemed as a superfood. Besides its unappealing name, it's also unclear if the milk is safe to consume.

Gourmet Grub offers insect milk or Entomilk, which the website says is made from sustainably farmed insects. Maybe this is not for humans.

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Some reports indicate producing cockroach milk isn't easy.

Cockroach milk is indeed a very nourishing substance but further studies are needed to detect the substance's side effects, if any, in humans. According to a report on website Inverse, it's particularly hard to source the miracle crystals, taking around half a day to process the milk of two or three roaches. This process involves killing the cockroach to obtain the crystals.

In Reality, the initial superfood craze was launched not by nutritionists or even dieticians, but with way of a fruit company that has been encouraging the import of its own bananas. However, the list of superfoods has expanded and people are consuming more superfoods to live a healthy life.

Despite the potential health benefits of cockroach milk, the product still has a lot of hurdles to get over before becoming a household product - like convincing people to drink the post-natal fluid of a cockroach.

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