Scientists have discovered a kind of cockroach milk that is believed to be more nutritious than cow milk.
This milk is described as a superfood that could transform our diets in the future.
This cockroach milk is being projected by scientists to be a key element in our diet in the future in a research published in IUCrJ, journal of the International Union of Crystallography
Cockroaches in fact are not milk-producing insects, however a certain kind, the Diploptera punctata was discovered to produce a kind of ‘milk’ that contains protein crystals.
Scientists are fascinated by the amount of energy present in the ‘cockroach milk’, an amount that is way more than can be found in basic dairy milk.
However it would be quite impossible to milk a cockroach so the group 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 it could be replicated in a 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.
The ‘cockroach milk’ is also said to be time-released, that is, as the protein in the milk is being digested, even more protein is released at an equivalent rate.
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“It’s time-released food,” said Subramanian Ramaswamy, who led the project. “if you need food that is calorifically high, that is time released and food that is complete. This is it.”
Having gotten the sequence, the scientists are now aiming to use yeast in growing it in large quantities– a more feasible option than getting the milk from cockroaches.