While most would prefer to see cockroaches squashed on the back of a shoe, the creepy critters may soon be popping up on cafe menus across the nation.
Cockroach milk could become a new addition to the superfood craze, with food-conscious Australians opting for a dairy alternative in their morning coffee.
The cockroach crystals, which contain the milk, ‘are like a complete food’ with ‘all the essential amino acids’, a researcher from the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India has claimed.
Another researcher told U.S. National Public Radio he tried the milk and it tasted no different from cow’s milk.
Milk found from the Australian native Pacific beetle cockroach was found to contain protein sequences with all the essential amino acids, plus proteins, fats, and sugars and three times the energy of dairy milk, the 2016 study found.
Some people may find it surprising that the bug even makes milk at all.
Diploptera Punctata is the only species of roach that gives birth to living offspring, as opposed to laying eggs, and produces milk to feed their young.
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