The South African ice cream company Gourmet Grub, for example, markets a liquid product called “entomilk” made from sustainably-farmed insects. This is not extravagancy but scietifically motivated. A 2016 study conducted by the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India found that milk from the Pacific beetle cockroach is actually one of the most nutritious substances on Earth, containing three times the equivalent mass of buffalo’s milk. “The crystals are like a complete food – they have proteins, fats and sugars.
Insects to eat
If you look into the protein sequences, they have all the essential amino acids,” Sanchari Banerjee, one of the main researchers, told media. After all, it “doesn’t taste like anything special.” However, the authors of the 2016 study said it remains unclear whether the substance is actually safe for human consumption and at least for that moment scientists still need a way to make the milking process easier. Over the past decade, scientists have promoted insects as a source of high-quality, low-fat protein. Last year, researchers at the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Rural College found that replacing half the world’s meat consumption with consumption crickets and mealworms would cut farmlands by one-third. It’s said many insects are rich in easy-to-digest protein, calcium, iron and zinc, and could serve as a great alternative to chicken, pork and beef.