Cockroach milk is healthy and contains a lot of protein
When it comes to human nutrition, there is always a new food every year, which is very good for health, but does not necessarily appeal to all consumers. This could also apply to a new so-called superfood, which is the milk from cockroaches.
The scientists at the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine discovered in their study that cockroach milk contains important essential amino acids and a lot of protein. This could make cockroach milk the next so-called superfood. The experts published the results of their study in the English-language journal of the International Union of Crystallography "IUCrJ".
What makes cockroach milk so healthy?
Researchers have known for a long time that the milk from a particular type of cockroach is very nutritious and contains up to three or four times more protein than normal milk. It also contains all the essential amino acids that the human body needs.
Pacific Beetle Cockroach gives birth to live young
This particularly healthy milk comes from a specific type of cockroach that occurs in Hawaii. This cockroach is referred to as the Pacific Beetle Cockroach. Compared to other types of cockroaches that normally lay eggs, the Pacific Beetle Cockroach actually gives birth to live young. The dams give their offspring a milk-like substance that contains protein-rich crystals. These crystals are almost complete food. In other words, they could be called a kind of superfood.
South African company has already developed an insect milk
A South African company called Gourmet Grubb has now developed a product called Entomilk. This drink is basically the milk of bred insects. The product is said to be a nutritious, inexpensive and environmentally friendly alternative to other milk.
What problems are there?
Making cockroach milk a new trend in nutrition could still pose some problems. This is because most people are certainly not particularly keen on drinking insect milk. According to the producers, it is also not so easy to get the milk from insects or cockroaches. In addition, it is not yet completely clear whether this milk is suitable for human consumption. Although milk is a true superfood for insects, it may not be tolerable for humans.
Superfood refers to foods that are very rich in compounds that prevent diseases and are beneficial to general health. Broccoli, blueberries and salmon, for example, are often referred to as superfood. However, there is no scientific basis or general regulation for foods that are considered superfood, the researchers explain.
A balanced diet is very important
So-called superfood is very nutritious, but experts advise that people should focus on a balanced diet instead of a superfood. It is important to get a variety of minerals from different foods, not just one type of food that can only provide certain nutrients. (as)