The search for nutrient-rich superfoods has gone too far, we’re calling it now. We can deal with putting chia seeds in everything, we can even cope with taking wheatgrass shots every morning, but what we cannot possibly fathom ever consuming, is COCKROACH MILK.
Yes, cockroaches are being milked, with researchers claiming that the incoming superfood is high in protein and essential minerals like iron, zinc and calcium. Honestly, it could contain magic from the fountain of youth and we wouldn’t go near it.
A study published in the Journal of the International Union of Crystallography found that one type of cockroach, the Pacific beetle cockroach, contains milk inside their brood sac, the cavity where eggs are received, which live young feed on. One single crystal of the yellow, pale liquid ‘is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy milk.’
Sanchari Banerjee, one of the main researchers on the project, told the Times of India, ‘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.’
However, the scientists also noted that more research needs to be done into whether the substance is healthy for humans to consume. Not only that, but whether it is sustainable, since it could take huge amounts of cockroaches just for one glass.
While many are dubious about cockroach milk, one company has already jumped at the trend, with South African food company Gourmet Grubb selling milk made from sustainably farmed insects, dubbed Entomilk. They claim it is ‘a sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose free, delicious, guilt-free alternative of the future.’
Of course, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop is already on board, listing it as one of 11 alternatives to cow’s milk.
Honestly, we’ll get our nutrients elsewhere, this sounds like the start of an apocalypse film where the cockroaches eventually rise up to rule us all...
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Chilli Garlic Edamame
Boil your edamame for 5 minutes and rain, then heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil with ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes and 2 garlic cloves, sliced. Stir in the edamame after 1-2 minutes and you've got yourself some delicious peas to snack on.