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What the f*ck is cockroach milk and why the hell should we drink it?

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Abby Carney

Just when you thought you’d seen it all. Unimpressed with regular milk from a cow’s udder, scientists decided to research a new source of dairy. And they found cockroaches, the very bane of every person who’s ever lived through a summer in New York. Everyone is bugging out about it.

Most common cockroaches lay eggs, but in a new study, researchers discovered that a particular breed of cockroach, the Pacific beetle cockroach, gives birth to its young just like a mammal does, and it feed its roach babies with a crystallized form of milk.

Apparently those secretions are highly nutritious, containing three times the amount of energy found in cow’s milk. Professor John Carver, the Director of the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University thinks the milk, which is not at all like mammal milk in its composition, could be mass-produced as a dietary supplement. The timing could not be more impeccable for this discovery, as cow milk is currently taking a lot of heat for being linked to greenhouse gases. It's unlikely that the Kellogg's cereal cafe will start serving up Special K with roach's milk, but it just might be the future.

The target consumer for something like this would be the gym-rat crowd, says Carver, but who knows? Pretty soon you could be turning milk and cookies into a more robust treat by pouring yourself a glass of cockroach milk. You know, for your health.

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