It seems that every time we turn around, we’re hearing about some new superfood. Today I’m going to tell you about the latest – and possibly most disgusting – one yet: Cockroach milk. Many people are touting this new fad as a protein powerhouse not to be reckoned with, but is it really? In this post, we’re going to tell you what exactly cockroach milk is, how it’s obtained, and what the benefits of working it into your diet could be.
While it might seem a little far-fetched to milk a cockroach, it might actually be possible. As it turns out, the embryos of the Pacific beetle cockroach ingest a liquid from their mother while they’re developing. That liquid eventually becomes tiny crystals inside the beetle’s intestines which can then be milked using a filter paper in the brood sac for the embryos.
Sounds like a lot of work and trouble, doesn’t it? It definitely is. But it might be worth it because it very well may be one of the most nutritious substances on the planet.
According to CNN, China is taking full advantage of this super-nutrient. Pharmaceutical companies are even ordering it because it might help alleviate stomach, heart, and liver disease. It hasn’t really caught on to the point that you can buy it at your local market yet, but it is being researched.
If you need a boost of energy to get you through the final stretch of your day, you might just find it in cockroach milk. It reportedly has four times the energy of cow’s milk and three times the energy of buffalo milk. In fact, given the cockroach milk’s amino acid profile it can actually be considered a complete food. Complete foods help revitalize the cellular structure within the body.
In addition to all of its amino acids, cockroach milk also contains lipids, sugars, and a ton of protein. With such amazing nutrition, it’s no wonder that the Pacific beetle cockroaches grow to be so big!
The idea of cockroach milk supplements is being thrown around quite a bit. Since it’s contains so much nutrition that’s time-released, supplementation would mean that the body could use it when it needs it.
Greenhouse gases and climate change are definitely two hot topics right now, and it might help bring cockroach milk to the mainstream. Cows produce a lot. Almond milk is a popular alternative choice but, since it takes a pretty incredible amount of water to grow them, it’s not necessarily the best one. What is? Maybe cockroach milk.
If you live in China, you’ll have a much easier time finding it than you would in the Western world since tens of millions of cockroaches are being farmed there. The milk is very popular in traditional Chinese medicine and is being used for everything from treating wounds to healing disease.
Though it looks like cockroach milk may indeed hold a ton of nutritional value, more research is needed before it becomes a viable option for most people. Nevertheless, it looks like we could be seeing this odd fad make it’s way onto grocery and health food store shelves soon, so don’t be surprised when you start to see it.
Would you try cockroach milk?
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