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THE BENEFITS OF INSECT NUTRITION

Recent studies have shown that edible insects are very good for us. A super bio-available nutritional powerhouse. Below are articles, videos and other resources that just might convince you that insects are what’s missing from your diet.

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By: Sam Broadbent

In the last several decades the increasing population has inspired concern regarding the sustainability of future food production.

 

In light of the demand for an alternative source, attention has been drawn to an ancient food, but one previously foreign to the western palate; insects.

A source of calories is not all that is needed, substantial nutritional benefits must be included as well. After all, with a population facing a new and unusual decline in health, as is being witnessed currently in the United States, another nutritionally bankrupt. artificial creation is hardly what is needed. Insects offer a unique alternative to traditional animal agriculture, more sustainable and with a nutritional profile to rival our current choices. Additionally, with thousands of arthropod (insects and their crawling relatives, like scorpions and tarantulas) choices, there is something to suit everyone’s needs.

ARTICLES ON INSECTS AND HUMAN HEALTH
Insects Antioxidants

Eating ants, grasshoppers and silkworms could protect against CANCER because…’they have more antioxidants than orange juice

  • Scientists at the University of Rome made drinks out of ground up insects
  • They tested them for health-giving antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E
  • Some types had five times as many antioxidants as orange juice
  • These can prevent DNA damage which may lead to cancerous tumours forming 

Eating ants and other bugs could protect people from developing cancer, according to scientists.

Although not an appetizing ingredient of a salad or smoothie, the creepy crawlies may be worth stomaching for their health benefits alone.

Eating crickets can be good for your gut according to new clinical trial

Valerie Stull was 12 when she ate her first insect.

“I was on a trip with my parents in Central America and we were served fried ants,” she says. “I remember being so grossed out initially, but when I put the ant in my mouth, I was really surprised because it tasted like food — and it was good!”

Today, Stull, a recent doctoral graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, is the lead author of a new pilot clinical trial published in the journal Scientific Reports that looks at what eating crickets does to the human microbiome.

It shows that consuming crickets can help support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and that eating crickets is not only safe at high doses but may also reduce inflammation in the body.

The Benefits of Eating Bugs

It would help you, it would help the planet, but what about the yuck factor?

Bill Broadbent started selling packaged, ready-to-eat insect products online five years ago after his son researched bug-eating and touted the nutritional and environmental benefits. “For fun, we put up a website,” Broadbent says. As sales took off, he formed a company with his sister, Susan Broadbent, in a barn next to his house in Lewiston, Maine. This year the company, Entosense, began wholesaling flavored crickets and other edible insects to small grocery stores, and the company now has a half-dozen employees and is in distribution talks with major grocery chains — one of many signs that bugs are creeping into American diets.

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Grasshoppers are high in antioxidants, are a pre-biotic fiber, a strong source of Omega 3 and protein with all of the essential amino acids.

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* Chapulines imported from Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Food of the Future

Insects are ‘food of the future’

Edible insects could be a solution to avoiding a global food crisis if consumers can overcome barriers such as the “ick factor”, a new study has found.

5 health benefits of consuming edible insects

They are incredibly nutrient dense

Trend forecasters even revealed that incorporating edible insects into your diet is a healthy choice for us, and the environment, but how?

Edible Insects Superfood Diet

Don’t bug out, incorporating edible insects into your diet is a healthy choice for you — and the environment.

Improve Your Digestive Health By Eating Crickets Every Day, Study Says

Looking for a more natural digestive system cleanse? A new study finds that adding crickets to your daily diet regimen may be good for your gut and offers several health benefits.

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SAM BROADBENT ON BUGS

Weightlifting teenager describes himself as a vegan who also lives on a diet of bugs and insects

Sam Broadbent is an ‘entovegan’ – he eats a plant-based diet but also adds insects to his food. The 18-year-old highschooler from Maine, U.S, swapped lunchtime chicken and cheese sandwiches for bowls of crickets swimming in lentils. Nightly pork chops were replaced in favour of crunchy grasshopper burritos. Sam also gulps down protein shakes made from crushed crickets and even grills scorpions on his barbecue as a special treat. He said his diet has also helped him bulk up in the gym.

INSECT NUTRITION VIDEOS

MARCEL DICKE: WHY NOT EAT BUGS?

Should We All Be Eating Insects?

Why You Should Eat Bugs

Why Eating Insects Makes Sense | The Economist

Is cricket the new white meat? BYU food scientist studies edible insects

Cockroaches Have The Most Nutritious Milk On Earth!

Bugs or Burgers? Exploring edible protein | A Big Picture film

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Mr. Drew and His Animals Too is a natural science and exotic animal rescue and rehabilitation center in Lewiston, Maine, providing a hands-on approach to learning about science and animals. They cater to clients in the entire state of Maine and some parts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

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TUFTS UNIVERSITY

Manchurian Scorpions for Dinner

 

As the world grapples with the need for sustainable food sources, the Edible Insect Festival puts bugs on the plate

“Who here today is ready to try some bugs?”

Joseph Yoon smiled as he scanned the hands that shot up, confirming he’d come to the right place to “challenge and transform” attitudes about eating insects. As chef and executive director of Brooklyn Bugs, Yoon appreciates that open mindedness. A buoyant ambassador for edible insects—a culinary choice known as entomophagy—he is on a mission to raise the public’s appreciation for edible insects not just as a nutritious and planet-friendly sustainable food, but also as a delicious treat.

Lab grown insect meat

Grub’s up? Lab-grown insect meat could be the future of food production

Would you switch to an insect flesh diet for the good of the planet? As far as future foodstuffs are concerned, it’s not out of the question.

A GREAT SOURCE OF PRE-BIOTIC FIBER!
Mini-Kickers Flavored Crickets

Over 100 Crickets per Tube!

TEN FLAVORS TO CHOOSE FROM!

Indian Curry | Italian Lasagna | Lemon Meringue Cotton Candy | Mango Habanero | Orange Creamsicle | Mexican Mole | Sun Dried Tomato Jalapeno Garlic | White Cheddar

HERE’S WHERE YOU CAN BUY CHAPULINES

Grasshoppers are high in antioxidants, are a pre-biotic fiber, a strong source of Omega 3 and protein with all of the essential amino acids.

SAL Y LIMON CHAPULINES

Salt and lemon chapulines

SAZONADOS CHAPULINES

Spicy sazonados chapulines

ADOBADOS CHAPULINES

Adobados seasoned chapulines

* Chapulines imported from Oaxaca, Mexico.

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