Scientists say cockroach milk is 3 times more nutritious than cow’s milk

Scientists say cockroach milk is 3 times more nutritious than cow's milk
Scientists say cockroach milk is 3 times more nutritious than cow’s milk. Picture of Diploptera punctate by Peterwchen CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikipedia

I don’t want and will not drink that sh*t… But many will…

An international team of scientists sequenced a protein crystal located in the midgut of cockroaches in 2016. The reason?

It’s more than four times as nutritious as cow’s milk and the researchers think it could be the key to feeding our growing population in the future.

Although most cockroaches don’t actually produce milk, Diploptera punctate, which is the only known cockroach to give birth to live young, has been shown to pump out a type of ‘milk’ containing protein crystals to feed its babies.

The fact that an insect produces milk is pretty fascinating – but what fascinated researchers is the fact that a single one of these protein crystals contains more than three times the amount of energy found in an equivalent amount of buffalo milk (which is also higher in calories than regular cow’s milk).

Clearly milking a cockroach isn’t the most feasible option, so an international team of scientists headed by researchers from the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India decided to sequence the genes responsible for producing the milk protein crystals to see if they could somehow replicate them in the lab.

“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, in an interview with the Times of India back in 2016.

Not only is the milk a dense source of calories and nutrients, it’s also time released.

As the protein in the milk is digested, the crystal releases more protein at an equivalent rate to continue the digestion.

“It’s time-released food,” said Subramanian Ramaswamy, who led the project.

“If you need food that is calorifically high, that is time released and food that is complete. This is it.”

It’s important to point out that this dense protein source is definitely never going to be for those trying to lose weight, and probably isn’t even required for most western diets, where we are already eating too many calories per day.

But for those who struggle to get the amount of calories required per day, this could be a quick and easy way to get calories and nutrients.

“They’re very stable. They can be a fantastic protein supplement,” said Ramaswamy.

Now the researchers have the sequence, they are hoping to get yeast to produce the crystal in much larger quantities – making it slightly more efficient (and less gross) than extracting crystals from cockroach’s guts.

Who needs kale and quinoa when you have cockroach milk supplements?

…Yeah, we aren’t 100 percent convinced either. But if it helps alleviate the food shortages we’ll have to deal with this generation, we’ll take it.

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  1. Coat those cockroaches in chocolate, wrap them up with a pretty bow, and send them to your favorite politicians.
    It they are good enough for us, they are good enough for them. Live ones would be better. Dipped in chocolate. Then the cockroaches can supply their “milk” and the politicians and their families can have chocolate milk.

  2. Anything to get us to eat and drink bugs. I suggest mailing the cockroaches, crickets, locusts, grasshoppers, to the elites home addresses. “Let THEM eat…” cockroaches, crickets, locusts, etc.

    Start watching for ingredients on EVERTHING that might say “Acheta”. Bring reading glasses or magnifying glass to the store. You will need it. Acheta means CRICKETS. Search it yourself.

  3. lol. Still laughing. There will be many many idiots who will believe this is better for them than cows milk. lol

    Hint: God didn’t think so, did he!

  4. Science tells us CO2 is killing the planet, vaccines prevent disease,
    masks work and social distancing prevents the spread of a virus.
    That 19 boxcutters can turn skyscrapers into dust,
    that Zyklon B, a pesticide used to kill lice that causes typhus,
    killed over 11 million people in WW2 and that it’s impossible to
    define what a biological woman is anymore.

    Those scientists?

    “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” —Richard Feynman

    • Zyklon B is HCN gas dissolved into a medium (usually diatomaceous earth) along with an irritant that is rapidly released in a warm environment such as a room full of people. People, being warm blooded, are actually easier to kill with cyanide than lice. BTW, science does not tell us anything. Science is a methodical approach to learning about the world. Science results in information that allows engineering. Engineering allows us to reliably and repeatedly create computers, automobiles, bridges, GPS satellites, cell phones, and the like. Without the science that you poo-poo, most of those things simply would not exist.

  5. If you want Tomato Flu drink that milk … Two more states in India now affected by tomato flu outbreak
    While the Covid-19 pandemic is still plaguing the world, a new virus known as tomato flu or tomato fever is spreading in India.

    The new virus, which was discovered in children in the state of Kerala in southern India in May, has now spread to two more states.

    The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, a medical journal, reported that as of July 26, 2022, more than 82 children under the age of five had been diagnosed with the infection in the Kollam district of Kerala, which is where the tomato flu was first discovered on May 6, 2022.

    Also read | All you need to know about the ‘very contagious’ tomato flu first detected in India?

    Although the virus typically affects children under the age of five, cases of this dangerous disease have now been reported in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu and Odisha in the east, where children as young as nine have been infected.

  6. Camel milk is Viagra of USA… Some one in 1401 years ago drunk it and made love to 36 women at one night….

  7. .50cal, I liked reading Metamorphosis, and The Trial.

    The movie for Metamorphosis was ok, but I really liked Orson Welles doing The Trial.

    But did you catch what was said about the cockroach milk? There’s something in it that makes them grow larger.
    Mad scientist might think to synthesize a growth agent from the cockroach milk, maybe to make super soldiers reach adulthood in 5-6 years?

    I best watch how this story continues on, might be on to something.

  8. This is being pushed by hybrids. They are part reptile which would explain why they love eating bugs. The Nephiliem… like Satan their father. The lizard like creature who walked upright in the Garden. Non-humans.

  9. This is what happens when you “follow the science”. You get cockroach milk.

    I don’t care if they genetically sequence the milk from yeast, still comes from cockroaches. Still unclean. Not kosher.

    What’s the long term effect of drinking cockroach milk? Reminds me of franz kafka metamorphosis. Might see people become giant roaches.

    Now on the bright side, if the communists drink it, they’ll turn into roaches. Wait until they gather in a dark room, throw the lights on and watch them scatter for cover! I see the market for really big shoes in the near future.

    Of course let’s just hope that people come to their senses and dump that crap.

    If you are awakened in the middle of the night to the sound of something scurrying underneath your bed, check to see if it’s a really big one. He may be a communist.

  10. Asinine! I bet those cockroach scientists were paid to produce this favorable yarn. I won’t eat that crap. I was willing to try grashoppers soaked in dark chocolate, but have since changed my mind. Rather bbq communists.

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