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What Is Cockroach Milk? Here's What Experts Think About This Superfood.

Everyone's talking about cockroach milk, but is it really a superfood?

So, is this a real thing?

Milk is produced by the Pacific beetle cockroach. It is the only species of cockroach that feeds live young in this manner. Diploptera punctata, which is found in parts of Asia, Australia, and Hawaii, was studied for its milk. The females produce a nutritious liquid known as milk, which their young consume.

How do you collect cockroach milk?

It's a little more difficult than milking a cow because the bugs don't excrete the liquid. The researchers took an embryo, snipped off its head and abdomen, removed the midgut, and extracted the milk with a pipette.

Is cockroach milk actually super healthy?

Milk contains all of the amino acids, whereas lipids contain essential fats. It contains three times the energy of cow and buffalo milks in terms of nutrition. Sanchari Banerjee, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Bengaluru, India, is one of the study's authors. "Proteins contain all 20 amino acids, whereas lipids contain essential fats," she explained. According to her, milk is made up of proteins, nonlactose sugars, and lipids, which are fats.

Sounds delish, where can I get it?

You can't do it. Although the research is promising, the milk crystals are not yet available for human consumption. Cockroach milk isn't the next big thing because it isn't even a food. So all those articles claiming that cockroach milk is on its way to a store near you are completely false. Although some media reports have suggested that cockroach milk will be available alongside coconut milk at your local Whole Foods, this is not the case.

Can I have cockroach milk with my Froot Loops or what?

"It's not going to feed the world," one expert predicts. In fact, mass production would necessitate the use of millions of bugs. A cup of milk, on the other hand, would require a large number of dead cockroaches. According to Banerjee, if the milk is produced for human consumption, it will most likely be in pill form "given the supplement's stable crystalline nature and ease of packaging."

Okay, but is cockroach milk a superfood?

I mean, yeah? If you want?

Because there is no scientific definition of "superfood," the term is thrown around a lot. It's really just a marketing term, because brands want you to believe their products are fantastic. According to Banerjee's definition, cockroach milk qualifies as a superfood. Yes, it is more potent, but is it a superfood? That's not what I'd call it, he said.

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