When it comes to milk, there are a myriad of options to choose from.
No, that’s not a typo.
And it’s not just for those who are lactose intolerant.
Research shows that it classifies as a superfood because it packs a nutritional punch. It’s one of the few foods that contains all nine essential amino acids the human body needs to function, plus it’s rich in protein, lipids and carbs.
So far, so promising.
Nutritionist Melissa Meier isn’t convinced.
“Personally, I find the idea a little squeamish. I’ll stick to plain old cow’s milk, thanks,” she said.
“Cockroach milk is high in fat, so it’s heavy when it comes to calories. It’s also quite high in protein.
“There’s little evidence investigating the use of cockroach milk in humans – so watch this space!”
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The downside is that the research is dated. The last lab analysis was done in 1977. Strange, huh? It’s almost like the scientists realised that people would be put off the idea of milk that came out of a creepy crawly.
It is also high in calories, a 250 ml cup has about 700 calories compared to 155 calories of full-fat dairy.
And you would need to ‘milk’ more than 1000 cockroaches to produce just over 100ml of fluid.
Harvesting the milk-like crystalline substance from one particular species of cockroach – the Diploptera punctata – means killing the females and their embryos. So depending on your viewpoint, it’s either unethical or an ingenious new pest control method.
Perhaps the biggest issue is that there’s no research that deems it safe for human consumption. So until then, it looks like we’re sticking to dairy milk.