Would you ever eat a plate full of insects? Sure, most people would say ‘NO’ and even shake their heads in disgust.
Insects are considered as a good source of protein by some people and many Nigerians eat it. Insects are plentiful and many are safe to eat but a few of them are dangerous.
Though they look creepy and poisonous, insects are healthy, nutritious, as well as delicious. Edible insects have long been a part of the human diet and are consumed by a good number of people. They often contain high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids for humans.
Most Countries like Nigeria are very adventurous with food and they eat insects which they consider a delicacy.
Benefits Of Eating Edible Insects
Eating bugs may not seem appetizing, but you should know that insects are a sustainable alternative protein source with nutritional benefits that can’t be ignored.
- High in protein: A cricket is 65 percent protein whereas beef is about 50 percent.
- High in other nutrients: Insect protein contains a good range of amino acids and they also contain vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
- Low in fat: Many insect species have less than 5 grams of fat per serving.
- Good for the environment: Insect farming can be a more sustainable practice because insects don’t need much space, can live under all sorts of conditions and easy to feed.
- Can be eaten a variety of ways: Insects can be pan-fried, boiled, sautéed, roasted, or baked with a bit of oil and salt. They can also be made into flour and used for bars, breads, crackers, and cookies.
- Abundant: Some parts of the world have over 300 species of insects. Something for everyone!
- Taste great: People describe the taste of insects as nutty with a similar flavor to shrimp and chicken. Grasshoppers, ant eggs, and wasps are considered a delicacy in several countries.