Edible Insects Nutritional Facts

Edible insects are not only GOOD-FOR-THE-PLANET

but clearly also  VERY VERY GOOD-FOR-YOU! 

 

 

Here are 5 top reasons why:

High in protein

Eating insects may not seem appetizing, but they are a sustainable alternative protein source with nutritional benefits that can’t be ignored. For example, a cricket is 65 percent protein whereas beef is about 50 percent.

 

High in other nutrients

Insect protein contains a good range of amino acids and they also contain vitamins (inlcuding B12), minerals, unsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

 

Low in fat

Many insect species have less than 5 grams of fat per serving.

 

Can be eaten a variety of ways

Insects can be pan-fried, boiled, sautéed, roasted, or baked with a bit of oil and salt. They can also be made into flour and used for bars, breads, crackers, and cookies.

 

Taste great

People describe the taste of insects as nutty with a similar flavor to shrimp and chicken. Edible insects are considered a delicacy in several countries.

 

Sources:

John Coupland, PhD, CFS, Professor of Food Science at Penn State University and member for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

 

More on that topic:

Nutritional and sensory quality of edible insects

Consuming insects: are there health benefits?

Edible insects - Future prospects for food and feed security

 

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