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Cockroach Milk: A Promising Superfood or Nothing but Hype?

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The term “superfood” has become quite popular in recent years.

Nutritionally speaking, there is no such thing. However, certain foods have been called superfoods for marketing purposes if they are considered nutrient-rich and have been associated with health benefits.

Recently, cockroach milk has been coined as an up-and-coming superfood, as it’s said to be incredibly nutritious and healthy.

This article explains what cockroach milk is, including its possible benefits and drawbacks.

What is cockroach milk?

Cockroach milk is a protein rich, crystallized substance produced by a specific type of cockroach called Diploptera punctata.

This species is unique because it gives birth to live offspring. Members make “milk” in the form of protein crystals to serve as food for their developing young.

In recent years, scientists have discovered that this milk-like crystalline substance is nutritious and considered a complete food, as it’s a good source of protein, carbs, and fats.

Additionally, cockroach milk is considered a complete protein source, as it provides all nine essential amino acids ⁠— the building blocks of protein that can only be attained through your diet.

This fact is important because most non-meat foods lack one or more of the nine essential amino acids, which is why cockroach milk has gained buzz as a nondairy milk alternative.

However, harvesting this milk-like substance is currently a labor-intensive process. It involves killing a female cockroach and her embryos once it begins to lactate and then harvesting the crystals from its midgut .

According to one of the co-authors of a popular study on cockroach milk, it’s currently infeasible to mass-produce cockroach milk. The co-author estimates that it would take killing more than 1,000 cockroaches to make just 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of the milk.

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