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It might not be everyone's of tea, but scientists say cockroach milk could become a superfood. Insect could be the next big on supermarket shelves and in our . Scientists say insect milk could be a non-dairy alternative to cow's milk, no matter how hard it might be for people to accept milk from bugs. Scientists studied the nutritional of the milk from the Pacific Beetle cockroach. They discovered that the milk was much richer in than dairy milk. Scientists said: "A crystal [of cockroach milk] is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy milk." The crystals were also full of amino and proteins.

Most cockroaches do not actually produce . The Pacific Beetle cockroach is the only one known to feed milk to its . However, milking enough cockroaches to satisfy a growing human clearly isn't as easy as milking cows. An alternative is to try and replicate the milk in a lab using stem cell , and then turn this technique into a large-scale industrial . A South African company called Gourmet Grubb has already started selling insect-milk ice cream. It says the milk is, "a , nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose-free, delicious, guilt-free dairy of the future". It won't be too before other jump on the bug-milk .

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