Have you eaten a Cricket before? If not, you may just find yourself grabbing that first pack of Cricket Powder very soon after this article.
Entomophagy, “ the practice of eating insects by humans” has become quite a popular concept, even in the Western world, with 2 billion people now regularly eating insects. With Star Chefs such as Gordon Ramsey cooking with insects, celebrities such as Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie regularly eating them and restaurants in London serving them, the rest of the world has started following the trend quickly.
A recent study, conducted at the University of Teramp in Italy, investigating the antioxidant levels of insects versus regular high antioxidant foods such as Oranges showed astonishing findings. This was the first time that Insects had been compared with functional foods with a focus on antioxidant activity.
Why are Antioxidants so important?
As many of us may already know, antioxidant rich foods such as blueberries have always been considered Superfoods and highly beneficial to our health. This is due to the fact that antioxidants can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals. Free radicals are waste substances produced by cells as the body processes food and reacts to the environment. If the body is unable to process and remove free radicals, oxidative stress can result which can harm cells and the body function.
Oxidative Stress has been linked to a variety of health issues such as heart disease, arthritis, Parkinson's disease, cancer, immune deficiency, stroke and respiratory diseases.
Unfortunately there are various factors that can increase the production of free radicals such as merely internal inflammation or pollution and cigarette smoke. As many of these can’t be avoided such as pollution, regular in take of antioxidants is important. The antioxidants will aid in neutralizing free radicals in our bodies, and in essence will boost overall health.
Are Crickets the new go to Antioxidant?
The study showed that Insects may very well be the new go to Antioxidant. In Fact, the study showed that Crickets, alongside other insects, have 5 X the Antioxidant Power of fresh Orange Juice!
And we know, Oranges are an antioxidant rich substance valued highly by nutritionists for their high antioxidant content. But now we also know that Crickets outperform them.
This isn’t the first time that Crickets demonstrated their strong health and nutritional benefits. In a previous study Crickets showed their positive impact on the gut microbiome and it was suggested that Crickets could assist in the creation of positive gut bacteria and lead to better gut health.
Crickets are really panning out to be an incredible Superfood. Now its merely down to Society accepting an unfamiliar food for what it really is and can be: An incredible Superfood. But then again, we are already drinking poop in a mug (Civet coffee) so honestly this one shouldn't be too difficult to adapt to.
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