Of all animals, the bodies of insects may have the lowest saturated fat content.
Consumer acceptance is the main barrier to the consumption of edible insects.
Thanks to the Chinese space program, scientists in Beijing recently published a formal nutritional analysis of what may be the healthiest animal to eat. ““the nutritional value of insects for human consumption during deep space flights.”
More arginine that soybeans. More zinc than pumpkin seeds. More protein than even snail meat. The selling point, though, is their low saturated fat content. Especially when they're baked, not fried. And one pound of powdered worms gets you all the vitamin B12 you need for the day.
“Could an african caterpillar be the new beefsteak? “Just 3 and a half ounces of caterpillars can provide all of an adult’s recommended daily protein, along with iron, B vitamins, and other essential nutrients.” And they’re efficient. Whereas we waste about 90% of nutrients when we feed grains to cows, less than half the nutrition of edible plants is wasted when we route them through bugs.
Described as a “an endless source of protein,” but how do they taste? They are considered highly nutritious and also have a quote unquote pleasant taste. What exactly so they taste like? “people have said that the taste of the beetles is varied; just to compare it something everyone’s familiar with they reported their similarity to octopus.”
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Tong L, Yu X, Liu H. Insect food for astronauts: gas exchange in silkworms fed on mulberry and lettuce and the nutritional value of these insects for human consumption during deep space flights. Bull Entomol Res. 2011 Oct;101(5):613-22.
A pound a day of powdered worms? There are safer and cheapersources of vitamin B12. What about arginine? Worms, whales, pork rinds and what else? See Fat Burning Via Arginine. Sourcing protein from plants may still be preferable, despite what the paleo diet folks assert. That appears to be thedirection the American space program is going. What are the downsides to eating insects, though? That's the subject of Monday's video-of-the-day Bug Appétit: Barriers to Entomophagy.
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Standard rifle bullets disperse tiny lead fragments throughout the flesh of wild game, raising public health concerns about lead poisoning in those that consume venison, based on a study of white-tailed deer shot by hunters.
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