Cockroach milk, anyone?
Will the cockroach milkshake bring all the protein in the yard? Possibly! Fast forward to a few more years, this could possibly be a thing.
Science has recently found a way to produce milk from cockroaches which contains high amount of protein.
A specific type of cockroach has milk protein crystals in its stomach, discovered about a decade ago. The Diploptera punctata is a viviparous cockroach which means it gives birth to live young. Similar to mammals, they have the ability to feed their youngs with “milk”, which bears a substantial amount of protein. One single milk crystal is said to contain more than three times the amount of energy that can be found in a glass of milk.
In a research published in the journal International Union of Crystallography for its July issue, a team of researchers successfully did a sequencing of the cockroach genes that produces the milk protein from their gut. This would mean that the milk crystals would be produced through in vitro, which prompts an viable mass production procedure of this nutritious milk supplement.
“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 in an interview with the Times Of India.
However, the team has no plans to put the product into commercial market, despite their plan to mass produce the crystals.