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Benefits of Eating Bugs

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How do primates such as the great apes and lesser apes get their nutrition? Simple; they eat ants and other edible bugs. The more ants they eat, the less time the primates have to spend tracking other foods that will supply protein, vitamins, minerals and calories.

Apparently the chimpanzees were quite sophisticated in their choice of edible insects. They deliberately chose edible insects that had higher amounts of fat, calories and protein in them comparable to wild vertebrate meat.

One of the types of edible insects that are already consumed by man is butterflies and moths. In 17 different states of Mexico, butterflies – up to 67 different species – are eaten when the insects are in their larval states.

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Benefits of eating bugs
Benefits of eating bugs

Insects are traditionally eaten in many cultures of the world. The big question is why aren’t you consuming them now?

Big Benefits of Eating Bugs, Say the Researchers

The act of eating bugs is officially called entomophagy; entomo- for bugs, and –phagy for the act of eating.

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And according to German researchers, many edible insects could potentially help you meet your calorie and amino acid requirements for the day.  Here’s a list of the nutrients found in bugs:

Nutrients Found in Insects

  • monounsaturated fats
  • polyunsaturated fats
  • magnesium
  • manganese
  • copper
  • iron
  • selenium
  • zinc
  • phosphorus
  • vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
  • biotin
  • folic acid
  • protein

It’s not just scientists in Germany who are touting eating edible insects. With the world population rising every year, scientists predict that there will be a 70-80% extra demand for animal protein foods between 2012 and 2050. That’s what scientists in the Netherlands are estimating.

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And of course with all the vegan/vegetarian consumer interest groups that protest eating meat because of ‘environmental degradation’ from the animals, this extra demand spells trouble for the world. The answer is eating bugs.

Benefits of Eating Bugs was last modified: December 10th, 2016 by Top10HomeRemedies
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4 thoughts on “Benefits of Eating Bugs”

    1. This is a closed minded way of thinking not everything has to be chicken or beef or even fried foods picky people don’t deserve to have the things they do in life one day things will change and people will have to suffice any way they can

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