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Scientists reveal the next big superfood trend - but it won't be to everybody's taste
Scientists have isolated a protein-rich source that could solve food shortages - but it might make you squirm a little

Milk protein found in cockroaches might solve food shortages
Mmm, delicious milk - but even if it's from cockroach guts?

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Cockroaches might make most of us cringe, but we could all be grateful for their MILK in the event of a global food shortage.
The unlikely element is being touted as a possible superfood, boasting protein that could help humans thrive.
Milk protein crystals found in cockroaches have been evaluated by scientists, and they could solve any upcoming shortages worldwide.

A single crystal in the intestines of the Diploptera punctata - a viviparous cockroach which births live young - contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass of buffalo milk.
The unusual findings are according to the team from the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) in Bengaluru, India.
"The crystals are like a complete food - they have proteins, fats and sugars," Sanchari Banerjee, one of the main authors of the paper published in July in the journal from the International Union of Crystallography, told the Times of India .

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"If you look into the protein sequences, they have all the essential amino acids."
The team's next project is to use a yeast system to produce similar crystals in a laboratory to examine the possibility of the crystals being used as a substitute food or even to design nanoparticles to help in the administration ofdrugs.
Just last year , research from the University of Oxford found that eating insects could actually be healthier than scoffing chicken or steak.
They can also be grown without the environmental impact caused by farming traditional livestock, whose flatulence has a significant impact on levels on greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Woman shares water with a COCKROACH on a hot day:



"At least three insects do have a significantly higher nutritional value than the commonly consumed meats beef and chicken, and not a single comparison shows insects to be nutritionally inferior to meat. researchers wrote in a paper published in Nature.

"Insects as a commodity have many non-health-related positive benefits compared with livestock in terms of both financial and environmental cost, particularly in developing countries where under-nutrition is a key problem."



15:02, 26 JUL 2016 BY KIRSTIE MCCRUM mirror.co.uk

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