Are you ready to drink cockroach milk?
Scientists at the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) discovered the crytalized protein found in Pacific Beetle Cockroach’s (yes, the one we kill with our tsinelas) “milk” is actually healthy and can become a food supplement in the future.
Unlike other cockroach species, the cockroaches in the Philippines do not lay eggs, but give birth to their offsprings. The mother, then, will secrete protein crystals for the little cockroaches.
"The protein crystals are milk for the cockroach infant. It is important for its growth and development," Leonard Chavas, one of researchers, told CNN. "It is what one would need: protein, essential amino acids, lipids and sugars.”
Because it is packed with essential nutrients, Chavas and his team concluded that cockroach milk is a “complete food.”
The research is still on-going though, and the scientists haven’t found a way to mass produce cockroach milk.
If you are wondering about its taste, Chavas said cockroach milk has no “particular taste” and you can just imagine any flavor “with honey and crispy pieces.”