Does pouring cockroach milk over your cornflakes sound like something you’d like to do in the morning before heading out for your busy London day? Maybe not.
However, recent discoveries by scientist have found cockroach milk to be one of the most nutritional substances around and is now being dubbed the latest super food!
The Cockroach: Pest or Power Food?!
Before you start harvesting the pest cockroaches you found in your London kitchen this morning in order to make yourself a power food shake, take time to read this article first.
There are over 4500 different species of cockroaches in the world, and only one of them produces milk. This is the Pacific Beetle Cockroach, which is found in the Asia Pacific region of the world, not your London residence.
It is the only cockroach to produce live young, similar to mammals, rather than eggs. In doing so, it also lactates a milk type substance that scientists have found to be one of the most complete foods ever discovered, containing proteins, lipids, sugars and all the essential amino acids. Four times as nutritious as cows’ milk, it is also a slow-release food that continues to release proteins at the equivalent rate that they are digested.
One word of warning though; it is not for the dieters amongst us. Highly calorific, cockroach milk contains three times the amount of calories as buffalo milk, the present top contender for high-calorie, high-protein milk.
Future uses of the delicious sounding cockroach milk? It could be highly beneficial to those in need of a high calorie diet, or could be the latest super ingredient to go into power drinks and health shakes.
So, How DO You Milk a Cockroach?!
Simple answer, you don’t! For very obvious reasons, it is impossible to actually milk a cockroach. Nor is the idea of consuming a substance made by cockroaches at all appetising.
Fortunately, a team of scientists at India’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine have made it their mission to study the protein crystals found in cockroach milk with the aim of being able to reproduce them. By sequencing the genes in the cockroaches that are responsible for producing the milk protein crystals, the scientists should be able to replicate them. The likely path would be to use bioengineered yeast that is already used in the food industry for supplements such as artificial sweeteners.
So, watch this space. In time you could be seeing cockroach milk on the shelves of your local supermarket. Now, what could we call it to make it more appetising… ?!
Business as Usual for London Cockroach Control
Whilst the Pacific Beetle Cockroach enjoys all the attention, it is business as usual for your average London cockroach and Top Dog Pest Control.
An unsanitary nuisance, cockroach infestations in your London home are in need of rapid response from Top Dog Pest Control. Tenacious and hardy, industry-grade treatments are needed to eradicate an infestation once and for all. Our expert technicians are on hand 24/7 to attend to you London cockroach control issue.
Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control. Top Dog London Pest Control provides London cockroach control services.