Health benefits of eating insects

August 4, 2014 , ,

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), edible insects are an incredible resource to feed populations.

This ecologically sound solution has positive impacts on our health.

The nutritional content of insects depends on their stage of life (metamorphic stage), habitat and diet.

However, it is widely accepted that:

  • Insects provide high-quality protein and nutrients comparable with meat and fish. Edible insects are particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children because most insect species are high in fatty acids (comparable with fish). They are also rich in fibre and micronutrients such as copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, selenium and zinc.
  • Insects pose a low risk of transmitting zoonotic diseases (diseases transmitted from animals to humans) such as like H1N1 (bird flu) and BSE (mad cow disease).

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