More than 2 billion people already do
Let us guide you – it’s good for you and the planet!
Edible insects are healthy, nutritious alternatives to mainstream staples such as chicken, pork, beef and even fish! What’s more, they have a much smaller ecological footprint than livestock. That means eating insects is good for you and the planet!
The practice of eating insects is known as entomophagy. Entomophagy is heavily influenced by cultural practices and 2,100 insect species are commonly consumed as a food source in many regions of the world.
Until recently edible insects have been collected mainly from the wild but farming insects for human as well as animal consumption is now on the rise. Their high fecundity, high feed conversion efficiency, and rapid growth rates make insects viable and attractive candidates for farming. In addition, they can be reared in small, modular spaces, making it feasible to raise them in rural as well as urban farm settings.
Replacing meat and switching to an insect-based diet is not that difficult. Instead of trying to cut meat products out of your diet, crowd them out. Constantly seek out new edible insects or try processed products such as insect protein powders or insect snacks and try experiment with new insect recipes. Read reliable material on insect nutrition to make sure your diet is properly planned.
Insects are an excellent nutritional food source with regard to fat and protein, and they have been found to be a rich source of vitamins and minerals, especially iron and zinc
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Generally, insect meat is rich in amino acids, fats, sugars, and has a high concentration of vitamins B and K (wasps have a much higher concentration of vitamins than some fruits). Many insects have a very high content of fats and proteins. They also boast vitamin and minerals content that can be several times higher than in meat. Check out our insect nutrition table in our blog post The Best Insects to Eat.
If you are thinking of moving towards including insect with your diet try to keep things easy. Start by looking for insect foods you enjoy that are readily available, and can be prepared with minimal time and effort. Then, if you feel more adventurous, try out new species and experiment with new recipes.
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