With a lot of controversy surrounding the issue with the production of meat, and also the growing concern surrounding the health implications that a diet consisting of high volumes of meat suggests, it’s little wonder that there is a constant search for alternative sources of protein.
You’d be forgiven for thinking plant-based proteins or nuts and seeds would be the way the world is going in terms of finding a solution, but you’d be greatly mistaken.
As the world’s pallets continue to grow and become more diverse, its bugs that are taking place on the menu as an alternative to meat products.
Yes, you heard me right……BUGS!!!
But why are these little critters taking to our plates in an attempt to fill the inevitable void left from meat?
Well, the health benefits look outstanding. Brimming with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and not to mention bursting to the seams with protein, they are also a fabulous source of fiber. So many key elements that are fundamental to our everyday health lie within the bugs we see (and swat away) every day. Not only that but they also dramatically outperform meat products in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
So, as well as packing a nutritional punch, switching to insects could help to save the planet.
Recent research also suggests that the consumption of insects on a consistent basis (the study included eating either a breakfast shake with 25g of powdered crickets, or a breakfast muffin containing the same amount of powdered crickets), there was an increase in metabolic enzymes associated with gut health, and also a drop in an inflammatory protein called TNF-alpha. Reducing the level of this inflammatory protein could help to lower the risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.
Not bad eh.
Now, I’m not suggesting that the supermarkets will be stocked to the hilt with insect burgers…. yet. But don’t be surprised if in the near future, insects are talking pride of place alongside the more conventional meat products we all know today.