Super Insect Foods: Eating Insects May Help Fight Obesity

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, the next time you’re hungry, put down your bacon and egg rolls and grab a handful of crispy, spooky critters. It’s better for you after all.

A study published by the United Nations said that introducing insects into Western diets could be a way to fight rising obesity rates around the world.

Over 1,900 insect species are eaten worldwide, mostly in Southeast Asia and Africa, but many in the West would rather eat their designer hats than tear up a termite or caterpillar for lunch.

Still, the authors of the new study from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said many insects contained the same amount of protein and minerals as meat and more of the recommended healthy fats. by doctors in a balanced diet.

“In the West, we have a cultural bias and believe that because insects come from developing countries, they cannot be good,” said scientist Arnold van Huis, one of the report’s authors, addressing

Many restaurants in Europe have reportedly started offering insect-based dishes, presenting them to discerning diners as “exotic delicacies”.

Noma, a Danish restaurant that has been crowned the world’s best three consecutive years, is famous for using ingredients from insects such as ants and fermented grasshopper.

The report says that while helping fight obesity, raising insects for human consumption is likely to be less land dependent than traditional farming and produce less greenhouse gases.

In blind taste tests conducted by Professor van Huis and his team at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, 9 out of 10 subjects said they prefer the taste of half beef and half beef meatballs. mealworms than the more traditional, entirely meat-based recipe.

Food for thought, so to speak.

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