Researchers have recently discovered a protein in cockroaches milk that is supposed 4x more nutritious than cows milk.
Due to the increasing worlds population it may become a solution to providing a low-cost highly nutritious supplement or food source.
The milk actually is in the form of a crystal which is located in the midgut of cockroaches.
Most cockroaches don’t produce milk. The species Diploptera punctate is the only known breed to produce the milk. When it gives birth to its young it produces milk to feed its babies
“The crystals are like a complete food – they have proteins, fats and sugars. If you look into the protein sequences, they have all the essential amino acids,” said Sanchari Banerjee, one of the team,
We can’t actually find a way to milk a cockroach so An international team of scientists has just finished sequencing the genes responsible for producing the milk and have been able to create a protein crystal.
Because this protein source is so dense it would not be needed in the Western world since we get more than enough calories on a day-to-day basis. But in countries that suffer from food shortages this could be a miracle cure.
Who needs kale and quinoa when you have cockroach milk supplements?
The research was originally published in IUCrJ, the journal of the International Union of Crystallography.