Top Ten Benefits of Eating InsectsI'm not saying we should all be eating insects (like the Chinese) instead of our conventional food, but it's no denying that insects are highly nutritional (eww!).
Anyway I had to make a list on this, to show you all the scientific study that has been done on the nutritional benefits of insects. Even the UN recommends people to eat insects to battle hunger and poverty.
The Top Ten
Now you might think, THAT'S CRAZY! Nope, it isn't, it definitely isn't. The fat-protein ratio in insect diet is much lower than your regular cereal or bacon. Insects are second trophic level organism, which means that they have the necessary nutrients stored in their tissues as they eat a range of plants. To get the same amount of nutrients as them, we have to eat a great range of foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts and meat (or eggs for protein). But meat has lots of unwanted fat stored in it too, which is harmful for your health. But in insects, the amount of fat present is almost negligible.
Nothing and no one can ever get me to eat these cute little creatures.
That's why I'm a vegetarian. I hope people realise that animals (for example chicken) that are killed for meat are innocent creatures too.
They rival the highly expensive soy based or fishmeal formulae. Weird, isn't it.
We can never get run out of insects if we start breeding them. And they can be a reliable source of food too.
The amount of greenhouse gases produced for rearing cattle is ten times the same amount produced while rearing insects. Thus it helps in curbing global warming.
Low production of carbondioxide, stops the abuse of antibiotics on animals that create multi resistens bacterias and can feed the whole world.
You heard it right. You can altogether say a final goodbye to the veggies, if people start eating insects. Insects already have the balanced nutrients required for our balanced diet. So we don't have to look for an additional source of food, including vegetables. But it would pose a huge problem for me(I'm a vegetarian).
Funnily enough, we are indirectly insectivores too. The thing is that we don't realise we are actually consuming them! The culprit who makes you eat insects, secretly, are the packaged food you buy from the supermarket!
This is an article about packaged food given by the magazine, The Week -
"The FDA's Defect Levels Handbook lays it all out. Staples like broccoli, canned tomatoes, and hops readily contain "insect fragments - heads, thoraxes, and legs"and even whole insects. (I won't tell you about the rat hair limits...) Fig paste can harbor up to 13 insect heads in 100 grams; canned fruit juices can contain a maggot for every 250 [millimetres]; 10 grams of hops can be the home for 2,500 aphids [... ]"
Whenever we talk about insects, our mind quickly diverts to the disgusting, pathogenic and disease spreading creatures that know nothing but to create problems into the normal lives of humans. But that is a huge stereotype! Cockroaches, mosquitos, flies and fleas aren't the only insects of this world. They belong to the 0.5% harmful category. The rest are really harmless for us,
You heard it right. Insect food are less likely to make us sick. Only 0.5% of the insect species are harmful to humans, the rest are completely harmless. Because mammals share many diseases with us (like flu), many of the diseases that can happen to pigs, can spread to the human if consumed as bacon. Because insects and humans are anatomically very different, the insect diseases are very different from ours. And therefore their diseases cannot spread to us and our diseases cannot spread to them.
You can find insects even in your own backyard. Do you want anymore proof?
When insects are added as a diet source, it relaxes pressure from the agriculture produce and livestock rearing. The country can then become self sufficient in food.