New Yorkers' worst creepy-crawly nightmare may contain unexpected health benefits that can rival—and even trump—the sustenance of milk, according to new study from Bengaluru, India. Researchers from the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine found that cockroaches (yes, the insects that make New Yorkers jump onto their subway seats) contain a milk protein crystal that offers nearly three times the amount of protein as regular milk.
"The crystals are like a complete food—they have proteins, fats, and sugars. If you look into the protein sequences, they have all the essential amino acids," said Sanchari Banerjee, one of the main authors of the study, in an interview with The Times of India. "They're very stable. They can be a fantastic protein supplement."
The researchers also found that the crystalline structure of the proteins gives them a unique time-release property that keeps people fuller for longer. "If you need food that is calorifically high, that is time-released … and that is complete, this is it," said Ramaswamy, the research group on the study.
While we're not quite ready to jump on the cockroach milk bandwagon just yet, we can't help but foresee it becoming one of the many dairy substitutes offered on crowded coffee bars. Would you try cockroach milk? If not, shop our favorite almond milk, and either way, share your thoughts on the new superfood with us.