Bugs for a boost

Fancy swapping out beef in your diet for a grasshopper or a worm?

New research from the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows eating insects may fill the dietary need for iron and other nutrients.


The researchers analysed grasshoppers, crickets, mealworms and buffalo worms for their mineral contents and found minerals including calcium, copper and zinc, plus iron, from grasshoppers, crickets and mealworms are more readily available for absorption than the same minerals from beef.


What do you think? Would you consider adding insects to your diet? Or maybe eating a few worms here and there? 


Read more here and here.


Eating bugs could provide as much or more iron and other nutrients as consuming beef.

Photo credit: American Chemical Society


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First published: November 2016

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