Next time you see a cockroach running across your kitchen floor, save it. It's actually incredibly nutritious. (Warning: Do not do this. Really.)
Scientists at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) in Bengaluru, India, have found that a milk protein crystal in a particular species of cockroach is actually a great protein supplement that humans could use.
The roach "milk" has three times as much potential energy as buffalo milk, and it has proteins, fats and sugars, lead study author Sanchari Banerjee told the Times of India.
The cockroach in question? Diploptera punctata, a bug that gives birth to live babies instead of laying eggs, like the Madagascar hissing cockroach above. (Sorry for the nightmare fuel.)
The inStem team plans to find a way to produce these crystals in bulk and use them as a "fantastic protein supplement."
The crystals could also be used for research in medicine, according to inStem.
We're not sure what form the supplement would take, but would you ever try it?
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