Protein Levels Equal to Other High Quality Protein Food Sources
For example, when Chinese scientists at the School of Marine Science and Technology at the HuaiHai Institute of Technology analyzed the protein content from Clanis bilineata, an edible insect, they found protein levels of 685.3 grams per kilograms. That’s equivalent to 311 grams protein per pound. One pound of steak provides about 112 grams.
And when scientists fed rats these edible bugs for 10 days, the rats were able to use the protein from the bugs as a good source of protein for the synthesis of their body tissues.
There’s even a new database that was started a few years ago reserved just for the bugs you can eat if you go to India. Actually, 51 different species are known for their nutritious or medicinal content, and you can find everything from economic status, habitat, and recipes for each of the 51 species. Take a look at .
Ready to start foraging? In Countries like Mexico, tropical Africa and New Guinea, the residents already deliberately make changes in their environment to quickly find the edible bugs. After all, who wants to eat one bug at a time when you can eat handfuls? In these countries, they’ll cut palm trees and wait for the caterpillars to show up in droves.
Isbell, L.A., Rothman, J.M., Young, P.J., & Rudolph, K. (2013). Nutritional benefits of Crematogaster mimosae ants and Acacia drepanolobium gum for patas monkeys and vervets in Laikipia, Kenya. Am J Phys Anthropol, Feb; 150(2):286-300.
O’Malley, R.C. & Power, M.L. (2012). Nutritional composition of actual and potential insect prey for the Kasekela chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania. Am J Phys Anthropol, Dec;149(4):493-503.
Oonincx, D.G. & deBoer, I.J. (2012). Environmental impact of the production of mealworms as a protein source for humans – a life cycle assessment. PLoS One, 7(12).
Ramos-Elorduy, J., Moreno, J.M., Vazquez, A.I., Landero, I., Oliva-rivera, H. & Camacho, V.H. (2011) Edible Lepidoptera in Mexico: Geographic distribution, ethnicity, economic and nutritional importance for rural people. J Ethnobiol Ethnomed, Jan 6;7, 2.
Rumpold, B.A. & Schluter, O.K. (2013). Nutritional composition and safety aspects of edible insects. Mol Nutr Food Res, May;57(5):802-23.
Shantibala, T., Lokeshwari, R., Thingnam, G. & Somkuwar, B.G. (2012). MEIMAN: Database exploring medicinal and edible insects of Manipur. Bioinformation, 8(10):489-91.
Van Itterbeeck, J. & van Huis, A. (2012) Environmental manipulation for edible insect procurement: a historical perspective. J Ethnobiol Enthnomed, Jan 21;8:3.
Xia, Z., Wu, S., Pan, S., & Kim, J.M. (2012). Nutritional evaluation of protein from Clanis bilineata (Lepidoptera), an edible insect. J Sci Food Agric, May;92(7):1479-82.