My skin and head are itching, just typing this, but who’d have thought that consuming grasshopper, silkworm and crickets could be so nutritious?
According to a recent study:
- Water-soluble extracts of grasshoppers, silkworm, and crickets display the highest values of antioxidant capacity – 5-fold higher than fresh orange juice
- Grasshoppers, black ants and mealworms contain the highest levels of total polyphenols
- From an ecological point of view, insects represent a highly sustainable replacement for meat and animal products
- From a nutritional point of view, insects and invertebrates represent a good source of bioavailable high-quality proteins and essential amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, minerals such as iron, zinc, and potassium, B vitamins, and insoluble fibre.
On paper this sounds like a real powerhouse of a food source, but (call me squeamish if you like) it’s not something that you’ll ever see me chowing down on. Even if I voluntarily ate it, something tells me that my stomach wouldn’t hold onto it for very long before it made a reappearance either…
I can’t help but remember the following excerpt from “An Idiot Abroad” that had me in stitches on this very same subject…