It goes on to say that the Pacific Beetle Cockroach, in particular, is what feeds its offspring an insanely nutritious concoction.
The formula, which researchers discovered as crystals within the roach’s stomach, is packed with protein, fat, and sugar.
In theory, it could be the next big thing to hit the health food scene.
Although calling it "milk" is a bit of a stretch.
“Any liquid harvested from a cockroach is not true milk. At least not as we think of it,” said Becky Facer, director of school and educator programs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta.
Um, yeah. That seems pretty obvious.
Leonard Chavas, one of the scientists behind the research, explained how exactly the baby cockroaches use the formula.
“The protein crystals are milk for the cockroach infant. It is important for its growth and development,” Chavas said.
He then went on to explain that these crystals have as much as three times as much energy of the same amount of buffalo milk. It also boasts four times as much as an equivalent amount of cow’s milk.
"The interest here was, what is it really made of?" added Chavas.
I think that’s something we’d all like to know the answer of.
I mean, if we’re going to be drinking the stuff, we should probably know what it is.
The protein-rich liquid is secreted by the cockroach’s brood sac, which is the roach version of a human uterus.
After the baby cockroach ingests the secretion, it starts to develop protein crystals within its stomach.
Chavas and his colleagues were able to remove one of these crystals to in order to learn more about the protein and other nutrient content.
“It is what one would need: protein, essential amino acids, lipids, and sugars,” he said.
So how do the crystals go from within the embryo’s gut to mass human consumption?