Why edible insects are the next superfood trend

Do not make crazy to install edible insects in your diet is a healthy decision for you - and the environment.

A culture is defined by many things, and often the food is at the top of this list.

In Western culture, our diet is characterized by many unhealthy ingredients, especially large amounts of sugar, salt and fats. But there is another element that is missing in the American diet and after supporter should be included in the range of foods: insects.

While consuming insects in other cultures has long been customary, he is only now using in the United States and Great Britain. However, it is still far from being part of the mainstream on menus.

Because most Americans overlook the nutritional value of insects, we have given the advantages for human and ecological health that they offer as a food source.

In 2013, the United Nations published a report in which they estimated that two billion people worldwide began to be bug as part of their diet, and called for cultures around the globe to start consumption of insects to begin food supply To make the world safer.

So if insects are so healthy, why are some culinary interested people - especially in Western cultures - not with entomophagia, so the consumption of insects for diet?

The biggest hurdle is the "Igitt" factor.

Beetle are better for us
Beetle, insects and even spider animals contain pounds more protein than most traditional meat sources. They also contain enough fiber, vitamins and minerals to keep up with the nutritional value of some cereals, fruits and vegetables.

A recent study by the University of Wisconsin-Madisontrusted Source examined which effects of the consumption of 25 grams of whole grilling flour per day - prepared in muffins and Shakes - could have on the intestinal microbiota of a person, so on the body's own bugs, the general health of a person can influence.

The researchers found that barbecues, meal worms and grasshoppers contain a high proportion of proteins and fiber and that nutritional conversion stimulated the growth of probiotic bacteria and reduced a kind of plasma associated with harmful inflammation. Although the study involved only 20 people, the researchers concluded that further studies could help to confirm their initial results that "the consumption of grilling can improve intestinal health and reduce systemic inflammation."

"Food is very tied to the culture, and 20 or 30 years ago no one in the US has eaten sushi because we thought it was disgusting, but now you can get it at a gas station in Nebraska," she said in a statement, which accompanies the study.

While insects are not available in most gas stations, people slowly overcome their initial abdominal reactions on the consumption of insect snacks from a variety of reasons.

Summer Rayne Oakes, a certified nutritionist who studies entomology and environmental science studying at Cornell University and later founded Homestead Brooklyn, says reality that most people want to be separated from their food.

"We do not go to shops and even see chickens with head or legs that are still there," she said to Healthline. "Some people can not bear fish with face, so it is understandable that a fried caterpillar or grille would be to bear too much for someone."

Therefore, insect meal, as used in the experiments in Wisconsin, could be first steps to solve the actual insects. Oakes said that they have already seen that the insects are included in many finished products: tomato sauces, flour, baked goods, latches, cereals and biscuits.

In fact, many people have already eaten insects in different forms without knowing it.

As the food journalist Layla EPLETT wrote in Scientific American, "takes a person probably about one to two pounds every year, maggots and other vermin to themselves without knowing it."

"This is especially useful for urban areas where arthropods can be bred in small areas inside and near houses," she said to Healthline. "As in the past, insects can be harvested in the clear nature, especially during certain swarm times."

"As in the past insects can be harvested in the clear nature, especially during special swarm times," says Baldwin. "Since insects take less space and require fewer resources to grow, their total influence on the environment is much less harmful than that of typical mammals, which makes them good candidates for a global food source. Healthier nutrition should not be a problem.