Superfoods contain a variety of nutrients that will benefit our bodies. Although the term doesn’t really exist, it has been used as a marketing term for food assumed to confer health benefits. Some of the popular superfoods are blueberries, kale, sweet potatoes, beans, nuts, salmon, and many more. Recently, a group of scientists found a new superfood: cockroaches.
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Researchers from the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India revealed that the gut of cockroaches can have a protein crystal which offers four times the nutrition of milk from cows. Sanchari Banerjee, a member of the team, stated that it contains sugar, fat, and protein. All of these have amino acids that are essential to people’s health. Aside from that, the milk itself has nutrients and calories. It is also time-released, thus, anyone who wants food that is complete and high in calories should choose this.
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According to GAF, an online site that features the latest news across the globe, cockroach milk could be the ideal solution for people who are struggling to eat the correct amount of calories each day. Co-researcher Subramanian Ramaswamy stated that the milk is a great protein supplement and is stable. However, cockroach milk comes from a specific breed of female cockroaches only — the Pacific beetle cockroach. Frida Harju-Westman, an in-house nutritionist, said that the milk is a protein-rich substance female cockroaches use to feed their young.
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Insider, an American online media company, reported that a lot of cockroaches would have to be harvested to make a small glass of cockroach milk. At the same time, it would likely be difficult for people to purchase it. "While cockroach milk may sound like a great alternative to traditional dairy milk, it is not yet a viable alternative, as a great number of cockroaches would have to be harvested to obtain a very small glass of the milk," Harju-Westman said.