Eating bugs may be more than just the rush of checking that bucket list off the "Unusual Things to Eat Before I Die." Although not palatable, bugs are found to be vitamin-rich more than we allow ourselves to believe.
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We've seen in travel magazines how exotic cultures have cultivated bugs and insects as part of their diet. Eating bugs can be equated to raw culture, rich with anything beyond the understanding of the modern world.
However, anything unusual these days get the attention of the modern society. We love to be surprised. We love our common knowledge to be tickled and challenged. Now scientists are examining if these bugs can supply adequate vitamins and minerals to its consumers.
Bugs are found out to be rich in iron and protein too, as Scientific American
reports. Scientists tested different crawlies like grasshoppers, crickets, mealworms, and buffalo worms for their iron content. It turned out that crickets have comparable amount of iron, manganese and calcium found in sirloin beef. Crickets had 12.91 mg/100 g while beef 15.47 mg/100 g.
Eating insects will prepare you for the apocalypse, don't you think?
In fact, iron in the insects tested are also more soluble than that of the beef. The buffalo worms and sirloin have higher bioavailability, which means they are more likely to be introduced and to be actively processed by the body like ferrous sulfate.
Iron from meat is found to be 23% bioavailable while plants only have 3-8% of bioavailability.
If humans learn to consume more insects in their diet, maybe it can help flag down the ill effects of livestock farming in our environment.
Now that we know that insects are just rich in iron as the beef that we love, then it is worth switching red meat with for an extra crunch from insects.
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