Last year saw some really strange health fads come to the fore, with tiger nut milk, broccoli coffee, mon milk and cockroach milk all emerging as trends for people seeking complete wellness.
Most of these have since cooled but cockroach milk is coming back around and, according to a report from Insider, there are many people who simply can’t wait to get their hands on it.
“Cockroach milk contains protein crystals which contain a considerable amount of energy, much higher than that found in dairy milk from cows,” Frida Harju-Westman, an in-house nutritionist at health app, Lifesum, explains. “The proteins are also packed with a large number of essential amino acids, she said, which are good for muscle repair.
“As the protein in the milk is digested, the crystals in the milk continue to slowly release protein. This slow absorption rate is known as a ‘time release’ protein, she said, and it ensures a steady stream of nutrients into the body.”
By now, you might be wondering if a liquid from a real cockroach is the subject here, so we’ll have you know that it is. Cockroach milk is said to be a protein-rich substance female cockroaches feed to their young. It can only be extracted from one type of roach, however – the Pacific Beetle cockroach.
Cockroach milk is also described as a “technically complete food” and people are apparently taken to it because it provides an alternative to dairy milk that’s actually higher in protein. On the flipside, though, it’s also high in fat and is more calorific than cow’s milk, which doesn’t make it a great option if you’re looking to lose weight.
Also, it’s not that easy to get. A great number of the insects would need to be harvested in order to come up with a small glass of the substance and it’s not really available for purchase, except in ice cream form at the Tokai Earth Fair Market in South Africa. You should note that there’s no actual milking either, the cockroach’s gut has to be carved open in order for the milk – extracted in the form of crystals – to be obtained…Continue Reading