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Cockroach Milk Is Apparently the New 'Superfood'

In the age of millennials, we've seen a lot of unusual food and drink items appear on menus around the United States. But we guarantee nothing will be stranger than this new one.

Buzzfeed recently posted an article about the latest "superfood" sweeping the nation: cockroach milk. Yes, that's right. Milk from cockroaches. This all started with a 2016 study that analyzed a liquid produced by a species of cockroach found in Africa, Asia and Hawaii that contained a number of nutrients that are valuable to humans. 

Harvesting Cockroach Milk

Scientists collect the "milk" from a dead female cockroach that's carrying an embryo inside. They can then take that liquid and put it into a drink, which contains proteins, nonlactose sugars, and lipids that are all needed by humans.

While there may be a lot of articles about cockroach milk, there's no one actually drinking it at the moment. It's still mostly just being studied by researchers to determine if it actually would be beneficial for human consumption. So it won't be hitting Whole Foods stores in the near future. In fact, it would probably take more than 1,000 dead cockroaches to get enough of the milk for a glass of it. Scientists say that if the cockroach milk does become available for human consumption, it will most likely be in pill form.

So yes, there may come a day where people are taking cockroach milk pills in the morning with their breakfast.


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