South African firm sells 'insect milk' as next superfood

30 May, 2018, 02:40 | Author: Earnest Bishop

There's no denying that it sounds absolutely disgusting, but suspend your disbelief for a moment and chew on this: A 2016 study of the substance found that not only is it sustainable, it also happens to be far more nutritious than dairy milk. Ugh.

Cockroach milk, the post-natal fluid of a certain breed of roach, could become the latest non-dairy milk alternative.

This particular type of cockroach, which is usually found on Pacific islands like Hawaii, gives birth to their babies, as opposed to laying eggs. A researcher from the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India claims that cockroach crystals, which contain the milk, "are like a complete food" with "all the essential amino acids". According to a study of cockroach milk done in 2016, the substance is "like a complete food", with almost four times the protein found in ordinary cow's milk. You won't find the rare crystals inside your average house pest because they are only produced by the Pacific Beetle cockroach.

While some health food fanatics may be tempted, trying to milk a common household cockroach will not produce any of this nourishing superfood.

That round of research revealed that cockroach milk is absolutely packed with protein, and contains fats and sugars that make it a well-rounded food option. It's milk... made by cockroaches. That may be enough reason for health nuts to make the dairy switch when dipping their cookies in milk.

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A South African company is selling what it calls "Entomilk", a special milk made from farmed insects, as the next superfood.

Touting the many health benefits of eating bugs, Gourmet Grubb has come up with a food product called Entomilk.

Cockroaches have a reputation for being one of the hardiest creatures on the planet.

Given cockroaches don't have nipples or udders, it's no easy task actually obtaining the crystals.

"We have no evidence that it is actually safe for human consumption", Subramanian Ramaswamy, the lead author of the study done in 2016, added, according to a Times Now report.

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