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