There is a lot of horrible stuff going on in the world currently. But though, in the face of tragedy, I can maintain hope for the human race, the concept of drinking milk from cockroaches makes me want to throw up my hands and move to the moon. Alone.
Scientists have determined that a species of lactating cockroach (the term “lactating cockroach” alone makes me want to vom) produces milk that can be consumed by humans. I’ll give you a moment while you figure out how to process that horrifying information.
My first question is, which disturbed scientist first thought about drinking a cold, refreshing glass of cockroach milk? Like, if I saw a cockroach lactate (barf), my first thought wouldn’t be “yum,” it would be “kill it with fire!“
My second question is, why? Sure, cockroach milk contains all the essential amino acids, and yes, they’ve figured out how to grow it in a lab, sans-roach. And apparently it could make a really great protein supplement. But still… It came from a cockroach, one of the nastiest insects around. I would rather get my protein from almost anything else. And if you’re really concerned about sustainability issues and the ethics of drinking cow’s milk, there are other alternatives already: pea protein, soy protein, nuts and seeds. There is no reason to jump straight to lactating roaches!
The roach milk is still being studied, so it’s not a sure thing that you’ll be having Pacific beetle cockroach milk and cookies anytime soon. But when the time comes, you heard it here first: This is a terrible idea.