Food trends are always changing and coming up with a wide variety of new options. Sometimes they leave and then make a come back like the latest trend. Two years after its introduction, Cockroach milk is back in the spotlight.
The less than appreciated insect contains inside it a milk-like substance that is rich in energy. While it’s not the every day non-dairy alternative to milk like almond milk, cockroach milk is gaining popularity once more.
Back in 2016, a team of researchers based at the Indian Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, said this so-called milk could make a great super-food. The Pacific beetle cockroach hold crystals inside them that are full of protein that they lactate to feed their young.
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These particular cockroaches found on Pacific islands give live birth as opposed to laying eggs. Their milk is said to have three times the energy of the equivalent mass of regular dairy milk.
Sanchari Banerjee, one of the researchers, stated the crystals are full of the essential amino acids. They have proteins, fats, and sugars too.
It’s possible that in 2018, people are more willing to try this bizarre alternative to milk. Companies are attempting to be a part of the trend by selling creations with the bug juice from milk to ice cream. A company in South Africa is selling a product called Entomilk, a substance taken from sustainably farmed insects.
The Entomilk is nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose-free and surprisingly delicious future alternative according to the company website.
Getting consumers on this latest bandwagon will be difficult for sure, but it’s not the only problem on the road to this milk alternative’s success. Unappetizing name aside, cockroach milk is a scarce commodity as roaches are difficult to milk.
Another critical issue is the unanswered question of if this is safe for human consumption as there is no evidence to prove it is. Because of that, there are many steps researchers need to take before it catches on as a worldwide trend.