SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – The latest superfood trend? Cockroach milk.
Yes, you read that right!
Experts say a rare milk crystal produced by cockroaches contains human health benefits and boasts four times as much protein as cow’s milk, according to the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India.
But what does it taste like?
A researcher told NPR he tried the milk and it tasted similar to cow’s milk.
According to 2016 research, milk found from the Australian native Pacific beetle cockroach was found to contain protein sequences packed with essential amino acids, proteins, fats, and sugars.
Where can you get your hands on this special beverage?
South African company Gourmet Grubb reportedly sells Entomilk, a milk that comes from sustainably farmed insects.
They also make ice cream with insect milk in case you’re looking for something a little more sweet.
Recently, Canada’s largest grocer, Loblaw Companies Ltd., started picking up cricket powder at local grocery stores.
Jarrod Goldin, president of Entomo Farms in Ontario, told Global News his business can’t keep up with demand, calling the ingredients “versatile.”
According to Global News, Goldin ventured into the insect market after the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation announced in 2013 that people worldwide were consuming more than 1,900 insects.
Some reports indicate producing cockroach milk isn’t easy.
It apparently takes 1,000 cockroaches to make 100 grams of milk, according to Inverse, and other options could include a cockroach milk pill.