According to a group of scientists based in India, cockroach milk is four times as nutritious as cow’s milk and has a unique form of protein contained in it.
The milk is produced by the Pacific beetle cockroach, the only type of the species that gives birth to live young.
The cockroach secretes a type of milk that contains protein crystals to feed its embryos before they are born.
‘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,’ author of the study, Sanchari Banerjee, told Times of India.
‘It’s time-released food. If you need food that is calorifically high, that is time released and food that is complete. This is it,’ another scientist, Professor Ramaswamy explained.
Scientists who made the discovery were working at the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, and believe the milk could be used as a protein supplement in the future.