Insect milk also known as Entomilk might just be the next health food craze, a spokesperson from the food company Gourmet Grubb told The Daily Caller News Foundation Wednesday.
The South African company Gourmet Grubb is marketing its Entomilk as a new type of ice cream, Health reported. Gourmet Grubb alleges that insect milk is healthier because it’s lactose and dairy-free as well as high in protein. The unusual milk is also better for the environment since the practice of farming insects does not use as much greenhouse gases or as much water. (RELATED: Startups Racing To Find Alternatives To Livestock And What We Eat)
“We developed EntoMilk as a naturally lactose free, dairy alternative product that would excite people and demonstrate both the versatility and palatability of insects as part of the human diet,” Gourment Grubb told the DCNF. “Entomilk is rich, creamy, and packed with essential nutrients, such as protein, unsaturated fats and minerals iron, zinc and calcium, which does indeed put it in a category that can be labelled as ‘superfoods.’ It is made from insects that are sustainably farmed and both the farming and production processes have incredibly low carbon footprints, use little water, minimal space and have no animal welfare concerns associated with them.”
The use of this kind of milk was previously referenced in a 2016 study published in the Journal of the International Union of Crystallography. The milk is actually a yellowish fluid that does not really have much of a taste, according to researchers, NPR reported. Despite the milk containing three times as many calories as buffalo milk, this alternative has many amino acids that could be beneficial to one’s health. However, researchers do not speculate this milk will go on the market anytime soon.
“I think it [is] unlikely that anyone will be drinking it soon,” University of Iowa professor Barbara Stay wrote to Health in an email. “I have no idea how costly that would be to establish and then produce in any quantity.”
Gourmet Grubb currently sells its products locally in South Africa. It is hoping to bring its insect milk to the United States in the future, the company also told the DCNF.
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