New Delhi :
When you hear about it chances are you might feel pukish or go ewww with disgust but when it comes to cockroach milk its full of protein- Yes!
According to a team of scientists at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) in Bengaluru, milk protein crystals found in roaches can serve as a fantastic protein supplement.
Scientists unravelled the structure of milk proteins crystals in the guts of a roach species called Diploptera punctata, the only known viviparous cockroach (which gives birth to live young).
Research says that a single crystal is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy (buffalo) milk.
They are rich in protein, fat and sugar and they also have all the essential amino acids. The scaffolding in protein crystals exhibit characteristics that could be used to design nanoparticles for drug delivery.