From cricket-coated donuts to insect-laced ice cream, we thought we’d heard it all. But a recent study has found that drinking cockroach milk could be good for your health!
A great many people would incline towards never having to come across a cockroach, particularly in an eatery, yet as indicated by researchers, the creepy crawly's secretions could before long be showing up on menus all over the place.
This is on the grounds that cockroach milk, or post-natal liquid, is being hailed as the most recent food trend for non-dairy consumers.
As indicated by scientists from the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India, the milk, which is discharged from the critters in the form of crystals to sustain its hatchlings, could be delighted by humans as well.
Distributed in the Journal of the International Union of Crystallography, researchers uncovered that the milk of the Pacific beetle cockroach – also called Diploptera Punctata - flaunts numerous healthful advantages.
"The crystals are like a complete food – they have proteins, fat, and sugars," Sanchari Banerjee, one of the primary researchers, told the Times of India.
"If you look into the protein sequences, they have all the essential amino acids," Truth be told, the investigation authors expressed that a single crystal of the milk 'is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy milk.'
Nonetheless, cockroach milk isn't the easiest thing to find. As well as the fact that the cockroaches die during the time spent extricating the liquid, thus it would take an entire army of the bugs to make up even one glass of milk.
Be that as it may, that hasn't prevented a few organizations from jumping on the trend.
South African organization Gourmet Grubb has even ventured to sell imitation frozen yogurt from 'Entomilk' - non-dairy milk produced using economically cultivated creepy crawlies.
"Think of 'Entomilk' as a sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious,lactose-free, delicious, guilt-free dairy alternative of the future," the organization says on its site.
Gourmet Grubb says Entomilk has a high protein content and is extremely rich in iron, zinc, and calcium. Regardless of the cases, numerous specialists demand that there are a lot of different approaches to guarantee you're getting every one of the supplements you need.
"Aside from the fact that there is currently very little research supporting these findings - and it is a very strange concept - there are far easier ways to ensure you get enough energy in your diet," Rhiannon Lambert, leading Harley Street Nutritionist and author of Re-Nourish: A Simple Way To Eat Well, told The Independent.
That being stated, different specialists propose that, albeit more research should be led, creepy crawlies could be a feasible and sustainable source of supplements for people.
"In the latest studies it appears that cockroach milk is four times more nutritious than cow's milk: richer in amino acids, fats and other nutrients," Martina Della Vedova, a nutritionist at Natures Plus told The Independent.