Why Insect Food?

Your body just loves insect food!

Edible insects are rich in nutrients. They contain plenty of protein, iron, creatine, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and the fish’s type of omega fatty acid division between the omega-3 and omega-6.

Did you know that in grasshoppers, there are five times more antioxidants than in oranges?

With its high B12 vitamin content and healthy nourishment composition, insect food is highly recommended for balancing otherwise mostly vegetarian diets.

The chitin to be obtained from the insect food and its breakdown products, chitooligosaccharides, and chitosan operate like fiber and lower the blood’s cholesterol. They also have antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer effects. It has also been stated that chitin and its breakdown products will prevent the growth of most harmful intestines bacteria.

As insects lose about 75% of their weight as the water evaporates during the roasting/drying, they are a real power food.

References to health-related statements above

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Di Mattia, Carla & Battista, Natalia & Sacchetti, Giampiero & Serafini, Mauro, (2019), “Antioxidant Activities in vitro of Water and Liposoluble Extracts Obtained by Different Species of Edible Insects and Invertebrates“, Frontiers in Nutrition, 15 July 2019.

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