Insects are extremely unpleasant creatures. However, repulsive appearance does not prevent millions of people around the world eating them. Meals from ants, bedbugs and larvae popular in Thailand, Mexico and Japan, and all because they are excellent sources of protein and vitamins. Maybe after the research of Italian scientists the number of people willing to taste the fried insects will increase dramatically — they proved that a handful of edible insects is much more useful than a glass of orange juice.
The researchers found that edible insects, in addition to protein and various vitamins, is rich in antioxidants. We are talking about molecules that inhibit the emergence in humans of chain reactions caused by the so-called free radicals. These radicals are produced by the man himself, and if they become too much, the living cells begin to break down. This causes premature aging and disease.
Than beneficial insects?
Antioxidants that prevent too quickly to grow old, get into his body from air and food. Most affordable antioxidant is vitamin C also known as ascorbic acid. She’s in quite a lot of contains in orange juice, but the results of a new study suggest that to obtain a greater amount of nutrients, you can try to eat a meal of bugs.
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Scientists have found that by clearing of edible insects from the wings and dissolving their body crushed in water and fat. The substance obtained in the laboratory were tested for antioxidants, and the results were amazing. It turned out that the insects contain two times more nutrients than the same amount of orange juice.
It turns out that the food of the ants, grasshoppers and other rather nasty creatures very useful for the human body. At the moment people know more than 1000 species of edible insects, of which sometimes serves quite tasty, but unpleasant meals. For example, in Mexico especially popular are the grasshoppers according to travelers in the mouth, they felt like potato chips, and the taste is almost the same as spices in which they were fried.
Residents of some countries, in addition to insects and spiders eat Scorpions. Italian scientists at the same time assessed and their benefits, but the antioxidants in them were much less than expected. In the table below, you can see that the black Scorpions contain the bare minimum of nutrients, but the larvae of the silkworm, crickets and grasshoppers, their concentration exceeds the limit.
Most likely, in the future insects will indeed be much more likely to be consumed. Crickets and grasshoppers, at least, will be to make flour. Dinner, jellyfish and milk, made from seaweed, it can become habitual eating.