Can you imagine biting into a burrito and feeling the crunch of a bug between your teeth?
This was once a reason to send your food back in outrage. Now it’s the latest culinary revolution, said to benefit your health and help the planet.
And we’re getting involved. As of this month, we are the first health app to allow our users to track the consumption of insects within their diets: meaning you’re now able to log crickets, grasshoppers, and other insects, alongside your more conventional doses of sweet potatoes and quinoa.
This growing trend – known as ‘entomophagy’ (eating insects) – has gone mainstream in the last 12 months through celebrity endorsements from the likes of Salma Hayek, Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman.
These famous faces are eating insects because of the growing evidence of the health and environmental benefits. As well as being a cheap source of protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, insect consumption is now linked with improving your gut bacteria health (which is increasingly recognised as a major influence on physical and mental wellbeing).
As well as this, the environmental advantages are hugely important for those looking at what cost their food is having on the planet. The United Nations revealed in 2013 that insect farming produces around a hundred times less greenhouses gasses than equivalent production for cows or pigs.
In collaboration with Entomo Farms – North America’s largest producer of edible insects – we’re bringing the eating of bugs to the masses! Check out Lifesum today to see the critters you can devour, and now track.
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