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Why cockroach milk is being hailed as the next big superfood

Why cockroach milk is being hailed as the next big superfood

But considering the whole killing aspect and the fact that we're talking about cockroach secretion anyway, we think we'll stick with almond milk.

In this age of increasingly out-of-the-box superfood crazes, it's not that far-fetched to believe that cockroach milk will eventually be accepted as a supermarket staple.

A research team based at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India discovered that the "milk" - in this case the natal fluid - from a specific type of roach called the Pacific beetle cockroach - which are found in Australia - is hugely rich in energy.

You've no doubt heard insect protein being touted as a future food trend, well now researchers believe we could all be drinking cockroach milk in years to come. Like humans, the young are directly nourished inside the womb by the mother before they are born. But, there's absolutely no scientific basis or basic regulation for what could be deemed as a superfood.

While some health food fanatics may be tempted, trying to milk a common household cockroach will not produce any of this nourishing superfood.

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Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, foods like avocados, blueberries, and wheatgrass fall into a category known as superfoods. Now it is expected that cockroach milk will be soon added to the list of superfoods.

The mass-market viability of insect products hasn't stopped companies such as Gourmet Grubb from making imitation ice-cream with "entomilk" - a non-dairy milk made from sustainably farmed insects.

Would you consume cockroach milk if it was good for your? Maybe this is not for humans. Initially produced as a liquid, the "milk" crystallizes in the gut, before being used by the cockroach to feed their young. For the study, the scientists had cut out the middle part of the alimentary canal from the stomach of the cockroach by a scalpel to harvest milk. It's thought it takes one person half a day to process the milk of two to three roaches.

Unfortunately for health nuts, the actual process of obtaining this milk is extremely hard. But, to test the cockroach milk, they will have to wait for some more time.