Would You Drink Cockroach Milk?

Close up cockroach in white cup drink. Photo: ananaline (Getty)

Disclaimer: please make sure you’re not eating during the reading of this article.

I’m from a small midwestern town where eating sushi is considered a dare. A delicacy would be downing the cream from the top of unpasteurized milk. Cheeseburgers and hot dogs are as common as a Prius in L.A. Therefore, the thought of eating cockroaches — or their “milk” — is simply unfathomable. Forget eating raw slugs, there are allegedly some people who are now advocating for drinking the “milk” from a cockroach because of its “health benefits.”

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Here’s a great video that shows why this special kind of “milk” may have tremendous nutritional value for humans.

So, cockroach milk is a real thing, but it’s not so much milk as it is fatty protein crystals the insects use to feed their young.

This tweet from local TV news anchor Gerron Jordan pretty much says it all:

Unbelievably enough, this is also something Marie Claire brought up two years ago. Why they’re mentioning it again, I’m not sure. But it hasn’t stopped some great reaction from the Twittersphere.

It makes you wonder, who is actually advocating for this nonsense?


Josh Helmuth  is a sports reporter in St. Louis who contributes to Mandatory.