Are the insects the future food for humans?
When our health is concerned we are willing to try all the super foods so that we can boost it. You have all heard about the soy milk, buffalo milk or almond milk and their enormous benefits for the overall health, but they are overweight of another super food and that is cockroach milk.
You may wonder how that is possible, and do cockroaches produce milk? There is specie named as Diploptera punctata, indigenous to India, China, Australia, Hawaii and Fiji that can produce super healthy milk. This milk abundant in nutrients reveals powerful health properties.
When you think of insects it is most likely that you feel groused and there is no way to drink that milk, but it seems that it is the most nutritious food on earth.
Bio-scientists across the U.S. and Europe have analyzed the content of this milk and were amazed how nutritious it can be. Their findings were released in the Journal of the International Union of Crystallography stating that this milk contains all nine essential amino acids needed for the cell growth in humans. Additionally, it is rich in calories and fats, and as well as high in quantities of essential lipids that the human body cannot produce on its own.
Cockroach Milk – The Ultimate Super Food
Percentage wise the nutrients that it contains are the following ones:
- 45% protein
- 5% free amino acids
- 22% lipids
- 25% carbohydrates
Compared to the almond milk it is 8 times more nutritious and when compared to the dairy milk it is 3 times more. As a result of that this milk is considered the most nutritious milk on the planet.
A lactating 40-day-old female cockroach secretes milk in order to nourish its offspring. This pale yellow liquid contains crystalloid protein molecules that is being secreted in the cockroach’s brood sac (uterus) and imbibed by the embryo that rapidly develops pharyngeal muscles.
According to the leader of this research, Sanchari Banerjee, this milk is a complete food, quoting: “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.”– stated in the article of Indian Times.
The findings of this study confirmed that the cockroach milk “is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy milk.”
But, how to milk a cockroach
Even if you have not liked the cockroaches up to now, you may still consider the use of its milk due to its incredible benefits, but how is that possible. In order to produce 100 grams (10cl) of roach milk, almost 1000 cockroaches must be used.
There is also the fact that the extraction is not an easy process, namely the scientists had to use a scalpel to cut out the midgut of the cockroach where the brood sac (uterus) is located and in its walls the milk is being secreted. It is a mortifying and devastating process, and even if you are not a fan of cockroaches all of them need to die for the milk extraction. However, scientists are trying to find out the easiest and best methods for the milk extraction. Once that is achieved this super nutritious milk will become available on the market.
One of the methods that would be very efficient is to convert the protein crystalloids into pills or tablets. According to the estimation around 100 cockroaches could produce approximately ten 1000mg tablets and the body can benefit a lot from their consumption.
Possible Side Effects of Cockroach Milk
Although very beneficial milk, when skin health is concerned, you should be cautious. Dr. Rachel Nazarian, skin care specialist at Schweiger Dermatology Group, advises to be careful when using it. He states the following:
“The levels of growth hormone in this particular liquid are unknown, and there is evidence that shows that growth hormones may exacerbate acne in certain individuals. The high levels of sugar may also make it a poor choice in terms of skin health and beauty, as we know that high-sugar diets actually accelerate skin aging.”
Yet, there are many beauty advantages of its use like healthy hair and nails.
Dr. Nazarian adds: “Protein and fat are vital components of good hair and nails, and this particular liquid may make getting optimal levels of both things much easier.”