You may have read recent headlines about a new culinary discovery – cockroach milk. Is this the future of humanity’s food supply? Resist the urge to vomit, and read on.
Though cockroaches are egg-laying insects, there is one Hawaiian species that gives birth to live young. The mothers produce an extremely nutrient-rich milk-like food for the young. The milk is formed into tiny, glistening crystals that carry 3 times more energy (calories) than an equivalent amount of cow-milk. These milk crystals are like a complete food, containing fats, carbs, and proteins. The proteins are complete, containing all the essential amino acids for human consumption. What’s even more exciting is that the crystals have a time release mechanism, allowing a slow, more effective digestion of the nutrients. Even if we were to open up mega-farms with trillions of cockroaches (picture that!), it would not be feasible to harvest the milk crystals. Scientists are trying to find ways to synthesize the milk crystals using certain types of yeast. A few brave souls who have tried these milk crystals have stated that they taste like…nothing. Bon apetit?
Next time you are in the office let’s know if you would ever drink this milk?
— Source: Ramaswamy et al – Structure of a heterogeneous, glycosylated, lipid-bound, in vivo-grown protein crystal at atomic resolution from the viviparous cockroach Diploptera punctata – the journal of the International Union of Crystallography, July 2016
KISS Fact: There is always going to be “the next big thing” in the nutrition world. Do not buy into the latest, greatest fades out there. Stay true to the simple food groups. Remember my rule for eating, 50% of everything you eat should be veggies, 25% protein and 25% fruit and/or gain like foods. This is a really easy way to track you diet. With that said, if you know that carbs are bad for you don’t eat them. There is no percentage leftover for cakes, cookies, and sugary junk food!