Why You Should Eat More Bugs
As the problem of World Hunger has yet to be solved once and for all, there are a great many people still looking for clever solutions.
A company called ZoicBars is turning towards to insects to help supply food, and lists quite a litany of reasons for doing so! These reasons include the ease of raising them, the easy burden to the environment, the low water usage, the fact that many insects are 100% edible (as opposed to chickens or cows, that you can only eat parts of), and many more things!
So, if the nutrition is there, is that good enough for you? Or do you absolutely refuse to eat food sourced from insects? Read more details below!
ZoicBars is making protein bars using insect flour, dates, nuts and cacao for a deliciously sustainable way to feed your hunger.
Insects are composed of three basic components: protein, fat and fiber. Without knowing anything about biochemistry, our prehistoric ancestors knew insects are good for them. It wasn’t just their taste – the nutritionally dense insects also made the hunter-gatherer feel full and strong. We could say that insects were the first food supplement. Their nutrition varies from species to species, which is why we focused on only one type of insect that is especially fit for human consumption – mealworms.
According to our research (supported by the Veterinary Faculty of Ljubljana), mealworms contain up to 55% protein. That is A LOT! They contain the full profile of essential amino acids, as well as 20% more branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) than beef. Most importantly, the proteins in mealworms are not isolated, but remain bound in tissue. Many supplements that are common today contain highly processed protein, isolated from other food sources with chemicals.
Modern medical research recommends food with lots of natural unprocessed fats, saturated and monounsaturated fats, such as organic dairy, meat from grass-fed animals, natural oils, and nuts. Natural foods high in monounsaturated and saturated fats are the preferred energy source of our bodies. Research has shown that insect oil contains essential fatty acids, namely oleic acid and linoleic acid.
Fibre is mainly indigestible material, important for preventing bowel disease. Parts of fibre may be digested with the help of beneficial probiotic bacteria. Butyric acid, which is a side product of digesting fibre, protects intestine walls. Fibre also has a role in cleaning the digestive system and helping the movement of smooth muscles. Having lots of fibre in your diet increases the chance of your digestive tract ejecting potential tumour cells growing on intestinal mucus. Like shells and shellfish, insects also have a unique component in their exoskeleton – N-acetyl-glucosamine – that is often used to treat osteoarthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Mealworms generally have higher vitamin content than beef, with the exception of vitamin B12.
According to our research, mealworms have an iron content of 37-45mg per 100g. Beef, for example, contains 6-9mg per 100g. Insects are also a good source of minerals important for our muscles. They have high amounts of calcium, magnesium, zinc and other important micronutrients.
All this data is just about one species of edible insects. There are 6 million insect species on Earth, and many have not yet been discovered. I believe that insects have more potential than we can even imagine.
Source: Off Grid Quest