This is not one of those stories where you click in and it’s an anticlimax cause the content is less gross than the headline and picture.
No. This is highly revolting, all round.
You know cockroaches, those immortal little critters waiting in the hidey holes of your kitchen and bathroom, waiting with bated breath to skitter out and give you a dang heart attack?
Well, some scientists over at the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India have discovered that the ‘milk’ produced by a certain species of roach may be the next ‘superfood’, as it’s four times as nutritious than cow milk.
The species, diploptera punctate, is the only kind to give birth to live babies (fucken kill me) and they secrete a special formula to feed their young.
This milk stuff contains a protein crystal that boasts more energy than the equivalent amount of cow’s milk.
“The crystals are like a complete food — they have proteins, fats, and sugars,” one of the study’s main authors, Sanchari Banerjee, M.Sc, told the Times of India.
As off as this all sounds, it’s a solid scientific breakthrough, as cockroach milk could be considered as a more caloric and nutrient-dense alternative to milk in countries where undernourishment is rife.
(If it does go ahead, the scientists will replicate the protein crystals found in the milk – it would be a little difficult to create a milking station small enough for the roach’s little teats.)
Also, did you know cockroaches have brains in their butts? Yuck.
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