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Ready to eat some insects for your gut health? Hah! A recent research paper made the case that eating insects will improve the gut microbiome and health.

The researchers point out that eating insects already happens throughout the world. Edible insects are good sources of protein, micronutrients, and contain dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Also, insects can be farmed using fewer resources than conventional livestock (e.g., beef, pigs)

The most commonly consumed insects: beetles, caterpillars, wasps, bees, ants, grasshoppers, true bugs; and termites.

From Science Daily: Chitin from consuming insects can help both gut microbiota and global health

Chitin (kai'tin) and healthy fats from insects appear to contribute to healthy gut microbiota and are strong sources of protein and nutrients, according to a paper co-authored by a Colorado State University researcher and published in Nature Food. ...continue reading "Are You Ready to Eat Insects?"