This super food will probably have you reminiscing on the good old days of kale smoothies and quinoa pudding. According to a new study published in the International Union of Crystallography Journal, the milk that cockroaches produce for their unborn babies is actually amazing for you. Not convinced?
The study showed that cockroach milk is about four times more nutritious than your everyday regular cows milk. It all comes down to the protein crystals that are found in the species’ milk.
“The crystals are like a complete food, they have proteins, fats and sugars. If you look into the protein sequences, they have all of the essential amino acids,”
said Sanchari Bnaerjee, the author of the controversial study.
The crystals are also being heralded for being super low GI, which means that they release their energy slowly and over a long period of time. This is great for sustained energy throughout the day.
Because of all of the above, researchers think cockroach milk could come to be the protein supplement of the future, but the process is a little more difficult than milking a cow. The process of ‘roach milking’ is not only extremely difficult but pretty damn gross, so they’re attempting to make synthetic protein crystals in the labs instead. Phew.
Despite the fact it probably is really good for us, we think we’ll be sticking to our usual glass of cows milk with a side of cookies.