Cockroaches could be the next big protein shake ingredient. Scientists discovered the Pacific Beetle Cockroach feed their young a crystal formula that is rich in protein, fat and sugar. The liquid is seen as a complete food and has the potential for human consumption. However, milking a cockroach could prove difficult, so the scientists are trying to reverse bioengineer the cockroach milk.
While you wait for a jug of cockroach milk to hit selves, it might not be long before USDA inspected insects are in the grocery stores. The North American Edible Insect Coalition is trying to persuade the Food and Drug Administration to add mealworms, cricket protein powder and other insect products to the agency’s database of Generally Recognized as Safe ingredients. The group hopes insects will be their own food group like seafood.