Are you a fan of exotic food? Us? We’re probably in the middle ground. Like other regular human beings, we also tend to cringe whenever there’s a prospect of tasting a crunchy insect, or juicy duck fetuses. However, when it comes to trying out food and drinks that are proven by science to be healthy (especially one labeled as “superfood”), well that’s a different story.
We are way ahead on you.
Anyway, speaking of superfoods, there’s a new one making giant waves right now in the superfood online arena. And it’s not a new berry nor an old kind of herb. It’s milk.
To be more specific, it’s cockroach milk, and we kid you not.
We know what you’re thinking: we are ABSOLUTELY crazy. It is difficult, after all, to imagine a future where we won’t be hunting roaches down to kill them, but rather to milk them. You’re right, that is bonkers, and that’s why we were also skeptical like you at first. We didn’t know what to make of it!
Hence, we have made a thorough investigation on what science has to say about this.
But First, What’s Cockroach Milk?
Cockroach milk is what it says. It is milk that has been harvested from cockroaches. However, the insects that this milk comes from are different from the roaches that creep around your home at night. These roaches are a lot more special (and bigger too!).
Cockroach milk is harvested from Pacific beetle cockroaches which are predominantly found in Hawaii. This roach’s scientific name is Diploptera punctata.
Unlike your average cockroach that lays eggs, this roach gives birth to live cockroach babies, and when they do, they secrete a milky substance. And yes, you’ve guessed it. That’s where cockroach milk comes from.
We are going to be honest with you. A lot of research still needs to get done in order for us to know everything there is to learn about cockroach milk. But today, we are going to share with you what has already been found out.
Nine Cockroach Milk Benefits—According to Science!
1. Cockroach milk is good for the blood.
According to a study published in the Experimental and Clinical Sciences Journal, cockroach milk is filled with oleic acid. As a monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid is known to help regulate cholesterol levels in the blood, insulin sensitivity, and even blood pressure.
Something to think about especially when you’re drinking your fat and calorie-filled full cream milk.
2. It is also good for the heart.
It has already been established that thanks to its oleic acid content that can benefit the blood, cockroach milk is good for the heart too. It follows, right?
Yes it does. However, that’s not the only reason why cockroach milk can improve our heart health. You see, cockroach milk is rich in omega-3 fatty acids too. This is a component, that when ingested in high doses can significantly reduce the triglyceride levels in the blood (a component that causes heart disease).
3. It is good for the eyes.
Aside from that, omega-3 fatty acids, can help in dealing with age-related macular degeneration, a disease that when ignored, can even lead to loss of vision.
4. It can help people with anxiety and depression.
Here’s another amazing benefit of food and drinks rich with omega-3 (cockroach milk included), it can help people with depression!
In fact, according to the study published in the journal of Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, an increase of omega-3 fatty acids had a direct benefit for people with depression and bipolar disorders. This is the reason why they recommend to look further into changing dietary policies giving more focus on omega-3 rich food and drinks.
5. Cockroach milk lessens inflammation.
One of the reasons why the previous study believes that omega-3 is beneficial for people with depression is because omega-3 is also a potent anti-inflammatory substance.
This is supported by a study published in the journal, Brain, Behavior and Immunity, in saying that the anti-inflammatory aspects of omega-3 aided in decreasing the levels of anxiety of the medical students that took part in their study; and in a separate study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition where they went so far as claimed that the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 can even help patients dealing with inflammation and autoimmune disease.
6. Cockroach milk packs three times the energy compared to regular milk.
According to a study done by the International Union of Crystallography Journal, the cockroach milk crystalline proteins have more than thrice the energy than dairy. In fact, that’s way more than most mammalian milk!
7. Cockroach milk is good for weight gain.
That’s because cockroach milk is an effective way to get your required amount of daily calories, especially with the help of its super proteins.
In fact, according to the news article, since milking cockroaches is, well, close to impossible, the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India is already looking at the possibility of artificially recreating the milk protein crystals present in cockroach milk.
Who knows? We might be looking at a future where the dairy aisle has an insect milk section!
8. It is rich in amino acids.
If we’re going to list down the components that the human body absolutely needs in order to survive, amino acids would be one of them—especially since they play an important role in the various body repairs and immune functions of the body.
9. It is ultimately better for the planet.
Insect farming can not only address growing food shortage concerns, but also holds the key towards a more sustainable future. It does not produce a lot of greenhouse gases, and most of all insects consume less water.
And of course, insect farming will create a lot of new job opportunities. This benefit has been discussed in detail in the book, Insects as Sustainable Food Ingredients.
And that’s it! It’s comparatively less than the benefits of other superfoods that we have featured before. But as what we have mentioned above, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Don’t worry, we are definitely keeping our eyes peeled for this milk and we’ll be sure to give you updates later on, so stay tuned.
While We’re Waiting for That to Brew…
Anyway, while we are waiting for the future when cockroach milk will be made available for public consumption, here are other dairy milk alternatives that you might want to look at as well:
Soy Milk. This milk is probably one of the most common reached-for alternatives to cow’s milk—and for good reason. According to a review published in the journal, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, soy can help in preventing heart disease and some types of cancers (like breast cancer and prostate cancer).
Our favorite is the Chocolate Soymilk by Silk, thanks to its deep indulgent chocolate flavor.
Flax Milk. Another good alternative to dairy is flax milk. Flax has been recognized for its health benefits and medicinal properties since the ancient times. To start, it is also rich in omega 3 fatty acids like cockroach milk.
Aside from that, it can also help decrease the risk of heart disease, diabetes, different types of cancers, and more.
If you want to incorporate flax milk into your current diet, we suggest Flaxmilk by Good Karma. You’re welcome.
Hemp Milk. Finally, for those who are looking for a gluten-free alternative to both dairy and nut milks (soy and almond milks included), then you should definitely look into giving hemp milk a try.
According to Medical News Today, hemp offers a lot of benefits in improving our heart and brain health. Not only that, its seeds (where the milk is extracted from) are rich with the miracle compound, CBD. We’re not going to touch on that in detail in this article anymore since we’re pretty sure you are already aware of what CBD is.
Hemp is not only available in milk form. In fact, our favorite hemp product is an oil, and that’s Virgin Hemp Seed Oil by Sweet Essentials.
Here’s another tip: Don’t treat the kinds of milk we have shared with you above only as alternatives for drinking dairy. They can also be used to replace cow’s milk in baking and cooking, while some are even used as main ingredients for various skincare products!
Pacific beetle cockroach, an insect predominantly found in Hawaii, has recently been discovered to secrete a milky substance as it’s giving birth. This substance is referred to as cockroach milk, and it’s one of the most rending topics today when it has been declared as a superfood to watch out for.
Superfoods are food and drinks known for their overwhelming amount of nutrients—significantly more compared to “regular food”. They are also known for their almost miraculous health feats. The question is, does cockroach milk have the same ability?
That’s what we have explored in this article as we researched scientific proof published online to check if there’s really merit behind the buzz surrounding cockroach milk.
Here’s a short summary of what we’ve found:
· Cockroach milk is rich in components such as oleic acid and omega 3 fatty acids that can help improve heart health.
· It has more powerful protein crystals compared to cow’s milk. This potentially offers more energies and calories.
· It is rich in essential amino acids that the human body needs in order to survive.
· And finally, harvesting cockroach milk from insect farms are more sustainable compared to cow’s milk harvested from livestock farms that create harmful greenhouse gases and consume a lot of water.
We understand, though, that cockroach milk is not the most appetizing milk option out there, regardless of its potential health benefits.
That’s why we have also offered other healthier alternatives to dairy such as soy milk, flax milk, and hemp milk.
How about you, Would you consume this if it goes available? Let us know in the comment section. Stay healthy!