Insects are a healthy and interesting alternative to your diet. They contain a lot of vitamins and minerals that benefits your body in a lot of ways.
They contain a high level of Omega 3. It is an essential fatty acid. That means, a kind of fat that is vital for our body. It is good for our brain, eyes and heart. Omega 3 also keeps your skin looking healthy and glowing.
Insects also contains a high level of protein. Protein is a vital nutrient required for building, maintaining and repairing cells in your body. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are 20 amino acids and 9 of them are defined as the essential amino acids. The essential amino acids are acids that your body cannot create by itself, which we must obtain by eating food. Protein builds and maintains your muscles.
High level of fibers. Fiber is the indigestible parts of plant foods, such as vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes. It is a type of carbohydrate that helps keep our digestive systems healthy and clean. Insect protein is very good for us, as it is known to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties giving many potential health benefits.
Our insect bars also contain a lot of iron. Iron deficiency is very common in the Danish population, it is therefore essential to maintain a healthy level of iron in your diet. Iron helps your body's ability to transport oxygen in your body. Our bodies absorb the iron from animal-based protein (heme iron) better than the iron from plant-based protein (non-heme). This is one reason why a vegetarian is more at risk to develop iron-deficiency anemia than people who eat meat. Edible insects are full of heme-iron, so they can be a good source in your diet, to make sure you get your daily iron and avoid anemia.
You can also get a lot of Vitamin B12 from insects. Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the nerves and blood cells healthy. It also prevents a type of anemia that can make people tired and weak. You can only find vitamin B12 in animal products such as meat, fish, eggs and milk products. Vitamin B12 is generally not present in plant foods, but fortified vegan foods can be found on the market. If you want to make sure to get your daily B12 vitamin, edible insect is a strong source. You can find more B12 vitamin in insects than in other animal based products.