Don’t panic. There are no cockroach milk products out there yet. Nevertheless, the bug milk products may someday sooner, storm the market and take their place at
Some scientists befriended cockroaches, and somehow, uncovered that cockroach milk is a perfect protein drink humans have been missing.
Thesescience learnt from their bug friends that the Pacific Beetle Cockroaches do feed their babies a formula which is remarkably rich in protein, fat and sugar.
They examined the species also known as Diploptera punctata. They are the only viviparous species of cockroach. Yes, they don’t do eggs. Their babies develop within their mama’s body.
As such, the Pacific Beetle Cockroaches, like other viviparous creatures, gets to nourish its growing embryos with a protein-rich liquid secreted by its brood sac (brood sac is roach version of a uterus).
Once the embryo ingests the liquid, protein crystals develop within its midgut.
The science experts extracted some of these crystals to gain more knowledge about it and its nutrient values.
After their studies, they concluded that the crystals are complete food. Precisely, they discovered that the crystals have three times the values of a buffalo milk and about four times the equivalent of cow’s milk.
Speaking, one of the scientists Leonard Chavas said: “The protein crystals are milk for the cockroach infant. It is important for its growth and development.
The interest here was, what is it really made of? It is what one would need – protein, essential amino acids, lipids and sugars.”
Chavas and his colleague are trying to figure out how to milk the roaches and mass produce cockroach milk.
“…We are trying to understand how to…in a much easier way, bring it to mass production,” Chavas said.