Cockroach milk? Scientists call insect dairy the next superfood

Published: May. 26, 2018 at 6:40 AM CDT
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Scientists say they have discovered the next superfood that’s a perfect non-dairy alternative. But they may have a hard time getting people to try cockroach milk.

Using a 2016 report on the benefits of insect dairy, scientists found that the Pacific Beetle cockroach of Hawaii possesses nutrient-filled milk crystals, which they use to feed their young.

“A single crystal is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy milk,” the report stated.

The study, published in the Journal of the International Union of Crystallography, also found that the milk-like superfood was full of amino acids and sugar-coated proteins, making it a natural gold mine for humans.

Some companies are trying to get ahead of the trend by selling the bug juice in everything from milk to ice cream.

“Think of Entomilk as a sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose-free, delicious, guilt-free dairy alternative of the future,” South African company Gourmet Grubb writes.

Scientists and entrepreneurs acknowledge this trend may take serious work to convince people they should switch to a bug-heavy diet.

“Yes, there will be people who think [insects] are icky or have a yuck factor, but the ingredients are so versatile,” Jarrod Goldin of Canada’s Entomo Farms said.