Are Insects A Solution In Feeding The World?

November 7, 2016

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Nothing like grilling a big ‘ol, juicy grasshopper on the flames of an open grill!  Pass the A-1 sauce!  Although tough to stomach, scientist are once again hailing insects as a valuable food source of the future.  Considering there are more insects than fish and animals, the idea of it being a food source makes sense, considering its high protein content and over 1900 species of insects are part of the diet in many cultures, they offer just as much nutritional value as a steak!  Although the idea of eating insects as a source of protein may been new in the USA, you may have already had insects as part of your diet for quite some time. For instance, cricket flours become a popular ingredient in the high-protein, low-carb Paleo diet. Researchers analyzed the mineral content of grasshoppers, crickets, mealworms and buffalo worms along with a sample of sirloin beef. When compared to the steak, crickets had higher iron solubility, a characteristic that allows a mineral to be taken up and used by the body. Grasshoppers, crickets and mealworms also had higher concentrations of chemically available calcium, cooper, zinc and magnesium, when compared to the sirloin.  Considering the carbon footprint is much smaller for these sustainable forms of food, insects may be the food of the future.

SOURCE: Huffington Post

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