Would you like some cockroach with your milk?
Yes, cockroach milk is a thing and the internet is freaking out about it, rightfully so.
Well, it’s 2016 and Donald Trump is a presidential candidate so I’m inclined to believe this one to be true. Nothing is shocking in this world anymore.
According to FWx and Science Alert, when mama cockroaches have baby cockroaches, they secrete a crystal-like protein substance that is quite nutrient-dense and provides a large source of energy. This “milk” is specific to a certain species of cockroach that gives birth to live young.
“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 then dairy milk).” -Science Alert
I mean, we eat crickets and we’ve tried just about every other kind of milk out there from goat’s milk (and apparently buffalo milk) to almond and coconut milk. It’s only natural that it becomes the next type of “milk” that turns into a health fad. But these health claims are backed by scientists in India that are calling it a superfood so it can’t be that crazy, can it?
The article by FWx indicates that this is more likely to be a supplement for people who already have a hard time getting nutrients:
“The nutrient-rich, protein-dense food is probably best suited for people who are already struggling to get enough calories to begin with.” -FXw
People on Twitter are having a field day with this, as they should, since it’s a pretty polarizing topic:
@ChuckWendig I like how they call it “milk” to make it seem more palatable, but it’s probably cockroach piss.
— Sandra Cormier (@Chumplet) July 27, 2016
The finding proves to be too overwhelming for Wendy:
I just really need everyone to stop talking about cockroach milk please
— Wendy B (@Wendy7638) July 27, 2016
We’re with you John:
Bath Salts> Cockroach Milk
— john papineau (@docjameson) July 27, 2016
Let’s just hope Starbucks doesn’t come out with a Roach Milk Macchiato any time soon.