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Could cockroach milk be the next superfood?

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Isabelle Aron

Last week, we shared the news that duckweed from London's canals could be the next superfood. But if you thought that was gross, you might want to look away now. Those looking to get their next superfood fix could be sipping on cockroach milk soon. Yep, the milk of a cockroach. We'll just let that sink in.

Scientists at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Bangalore in India have discovered that the Pacific Beetle cockroach produces milk protein crystals, which contain four times more protein than cow’s milk. But if the thought of milking a cockroach makes you want to throw up, you'll be pleased to hear that it's not really feasible to mass produce cockroach milk. Instead, the scientists are looking at whether they can use the gene sequences from the milk to re-create the milk crystals in the lab.

The scientists sampled the milk and reported that it didn't have much of a taste, which means you could, in theory, add it to coffee, tea or have it on your cornflakes. But whether you'd actually want to do that is a totally different matter.

In other weird news, there's a pop-up gallery in Old Street where the artwork is made from toast

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