One way of feeding your hunger is looking to mother nature for unusual food sources. One particularly surprising natural source contains more protein than meat, is 100% edible with no part thrown out, and has more nutrients than most of our conventional food.
If you have guessed by now, I'm taking about insects. Many of those tiny, crawling creatures you don't really want to see around your campsite are actually quite edible… even if the sight of them grosses you out.
In fact there are 1,900 species of insects that have been identified as suitable food for humans. No wonder the United Nations is trying to persuade people to eat edible insects to fight world hunger. Yes, this is something the UN seems excited about promoting to the world.
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This new demand is why a company called Zoicbars is turning to insects as a new food supply. Zoicbars has created and is producing protein bars made of insect flour, nuts, cocao that are a worthy addition to your survival inventory.
Why would you eat an insect protein bar? This article provides some of the reasons…
According to our research (supported by the Veterinary Faculty of Ljubljana), mealworms contain up to 55% protein. That is A LOT! They contain the full profile of essential amino acids, as well as 20% more branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) than beef. Most importantly, the proteins in mealworms are not isolated, but remain bound in tissue. Many supplements that are common today contain highly processed protein, isolated from other food sources with chemicals.
Modern medical research recommends food with lots of natural unprocessed fats, saturated and monounsaturated fats, such as organic dairy, meat from grass-fed animals, natural oils, and nuts. Natural foods high in monounsaturated and saturated fats are the preferred energy source of our bodies. Research has shown that insect oil contains essential fatty acids, namely oleic acid and linoleic acid.
Fibre is mainly indigestible material, important for preventing bowel disease. Parts of fibre may be digested with the help of beneficial probiotic bacteria. Butyric acid, which is a side product of digesting fibre, protects intestine walls. Fibre also has a role in cleaning the digestive system and helping the movement of smooth muscles. Having lots of fibre in your diet increases the chance of your digestive tract ejecting potential tumour cells growing on intestinal mucus. Like shells and shellfish, insects also have a unique component in their exoskeleton – N-acetyl-glucosamine – that is often used to treat osteoarthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
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If people could be convinced to eat more insects and replace traditional forms of protein such as meat and chicken, the world would certainly be a different place. The sheer abundance of insects available for food could be a big step forward in the fight against world hunger. Scientists are optimistic…
… here's a list additional benefits (some) scientists believe we'll get from raising insects for food:
- 33% of the world's land surface can be reclaimed from the livestock industry
- 20% of global greenhouse emissions can be emitted.
- 30% off food price can be cut-off due to the cost-efficient nature of edible insects.
Of course, insects have an incredibly important role to play within the planet's ecosystem, so there could be catastrophic consequences if certain natural balances are disrupted… something scientists should give serious thought BEFORE they begin mass harvesting of the world's insect population for food.
Until next time…
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