Mother's Milk

Josh | August 18, 2016 | News



 

Cockroaches I can proudly say are a huge passion of mine for so many different reasons. Whether its because of their adaptations, their incredible survival skills or their importance to the eco system there is just so much to learn about this amazing insect.

So you can imagine when I came across a certain article stating that a cockroach’s milk is more nutritious than cow’s milk, I just HAD to write about it and share with the world.

Now I know what you’re thinking, cockroaches don’t produce milk. Well actually one species of cockroach does and its called Diploptera Punctate, or otherwise known as the Pacific Beetle Cockroach. A team of scientists reporting in the journal of the international Union of crystallography has identified a structure of proteins found in milk located inside the midgut of the cockroach.

The Pacific Beetle Cockroach is the only species of cockroach that gives birth to live young and produces a protein rich milk for their offspring to feed from, very similar to mammals drinking colostrum as the first milk. The milk contains proteins, fats and sugars giving the offspring all the essential amino acids generally needed for growth and a healthy immune system. As the milk is digested it slowly releases all the nutrients needed.

Further studies shows that the milk crystals have a high calorie content, three times more than that of a cows and could make a useful dietary supplement for people who are unable to get sufficient calories from their available foods.

Researches are developing ways to humanely extract the milk crystals from the cockroaches so that it can be developed on a large scale.

So who out there is brave and adventurous or open minded enough to take a chance on something a bit different?

I mean it’s still an animal right? How could it be any different than drinking that of a cow, goat or sheep? Like all animals our bodies crave nutrition to keep us alive and healthy, if this creature can do that is it really so bad?

You tell me.

Brought to you from Wild Science