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Edible insects and their benefits for human nutrition


Why eat insects?

In animal feed, edible insects have long been used to meet the protein requirements of livestock. But they also offer some advantages for people:
 

  • Protein source with vitamin B: That's why insects are healthy
    Edible insects are one
      excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids , B vitamins and important minerals. All insects contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, and crawling animals have a similar amount  protein  like the meat of beef,  pig  or  Turkey , freeze-dried but a significantly higher. The exact percentage of protein varies depending on the species of insect.
     

  • Insects are more climate friendly
    Studies show that insects are more climate-friendly than meat: They need less space and water than cattle, pigs or chickens and cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
     

  • Sustainable alternative to meat from livestock
    Insects also win when it comes to sustainability: At 80 percent, their edible proportion is significantly higher than, for example, beef (40 percent)

Mealworms: a special source of protein for athletes

The frequently used mealworm has particular added value for athletes. Because if mealworms are freeze-dried, the protein content increases from 18.7 percent to 50.9 percent. For comparison: beef has 22.3 percent, pork and chicken 22.8 percent. For this reason, there are already some mealworm-based protein bars and powders available for athletes.  

Source: passages from text 05/17/2021 https://www.verbraucherzentrale.de/wissen/lebensmittel/auswaehlen-zubereiten-aufbewehren 

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ento nutrition

"Ento" or "Entofood" means a diet that includes insects as food (edible insects/insect food).

Ento is not a separate form of nutrition, but can complement any diet that allows animal foods, whether standard nutrition according to DGE rules, high protein, low carb, paleo, etc.

Entotarian (originally Greek "Ento-" for insects and "-tarian" from vegetarian; English entotarian ) is a new term for people who would eat insects, but otherwise avoid animal meat. Similar terms are insectarian or ento-vegetarian. The diet is comparable to that of the pescetarians, i.e. people who eat fish and seafood, but no other meat from animals. A German equivalent of the English adjective "entotarian" is entotarian.

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Recipes with edible insects and insect food

In ourAula de Tapas section you will regularly find new recipes all about edible insects.Hall of Tapas  stands for small dishes - tapas, which are intended to reflect what is possible and what options there are for cooking with edible insects. Insec2Eat would like to gain your interest in putting a protein-rich alternative on the menu without feeling disgusted. There is something for everybody. Sometimes the small crawling animals are visible, sometimes the main actor is the insect meal. Anyway, we want you to have fun recreating and Insec2Eat wants to spark your interest in this superfood. To cut a long story short, just drop by and let the recipes inspire you.

Well then, bon appétit and good luck.

Sustainable and healthy

Sustainable breeding and healthy ingredients are the motto. If you want a really sustainable food and also healthy, you should definitely get to know the advantages of edible insects. Insects get by with few resources during their breeding, thus protecting the environment and the consumption of water and feed. They are a real space saver. Valuable proteins necessary for the human body are cultivated in a small space. Their climate balance is also impressive. Breeding insects means low emissions of  CO2 and therefore little negative impact. Sustainability that convinces. 

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