Before You Sign on for a Glass of This ‘Alternative’ Milk, You Better Read Where It Comes from

Got milk?

We’ve been hearing for years that humans should not be consuming cow’s milk. Among the alternatives that have sprung up are soy milk and almond milk. To some palates these milks are less than pleasant, but at least you can rest easy that you not harming yourself by drinking them.

So are you ready for the newest contender for your milk dollar? It is packed with far more protein than you get from drinking cow’s milk. And the source of this nutritious beverage? Cockroaches. Yep, those disgusting little creatures that skitter for cover when you turn the light on in many New York City apartments.

According to CNN:

Scientists have found that the Pacific Beetle Cockroach feeds its bug babies a formula which is remarkably rich in protein, fat and sugar.


“The protein crystals are milk for the cockroach infant. It is important for its growth and development,” said Leonard Chavas, one of the scientists behind the research. He explained the crystals have a whopping three times the energy of an equivalent mass of buffalo milk, about four times the equivalent of cow’s milk.


“It is what one would need: protein, essential amino acids, lipids and sugars,” Chavas said, explaining that the energy content is so high that it helps infants within this unique species grow much bigger than cockroach babies of other species.

You don’t have to make up your mind that soon on whether you are going to switch to roach milk. It’s not yet available for sale.