Maybe, if you don’t tell people what it is.

Scientists think cockroach milk could be the superfood of the future

An international team of scientists has just sequenced a protein crystal located in the midgut of cockroaches. The reason?

It’s more than four times as nutritious as cow’s milk and, the researchers think it could be the key to feeding our growing population in the future.

Although most cockroaches don’t actually produce milk, Diploptera punctate, which is the only known cockroach to give birth to live young, has been shown to pump out a type of ‘milk’ containing protein crystals to feed its babies.

The fact that an insect produces milk is pretty fascinating – but what fascinated researchers is the fact that a single one of these protein crystals contains more than three times the amount of energy found in an equivalent amount of buffalo milk (which is also higher in calories then dairy milk).

Clearly milking a cockroach isn’t the most feasible option, so an international team of scientists headed by researchers from the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India decided to sequence the genes responsible for producing the milk protein crystals to see if they could somehow replicate them in the lab.

“The crystals are like a complete food - they have proteins, fats and sugars. If you look into the protein sequences, they have all the essential amino acids,” said Sanchari Banerjee, one of the team, in an interview with the Times of India.

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Por encima llevan plátano, kiwi, semillas de granada, nueces y avellanas tostadas 😋

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Acai superfood smoothie bowl and fresh green juice (cucumber • celery • kale • parsley • lemon • ginger)🌿

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Extra-Thick Mint Chip Smoothie | Tastes like a milkshake and is packed with super foods…RECIPE



2-3 frozen bananas

1-2 tablespoons hemp milk or other non-dairy milk

1 tablespoon hemp seeds

½ to 1 teaspoon spirulina powder

2 drops peppermint oil*

1½ tablespoons dark chocolate chips or cocoa nibs, divided