Omega 3 Now Also Comes From… Insects?

January 12, 2016


Instead of shunning all types of fat from your diet, be advised that not all fats are created equal. As one of the four macronutrients, fat is necessary for our body to function properly as much as protein, fiber, and carbs.

This especially applies to omega-3 fats, which are known for lowering the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s and asthma, as well as helping with infant development and asthma issues. So far, the best possible source of omega-3 was fish – until now, that is.

The Return Of The Beetles

Most fish (especially salmon) have been virtually harvested for decades as they’re the best known source of omega-3 fatty acids.

However, a recent study from Wageningen University shows that insects might just as good as supplying us with this beneficial compound.

Daylan Tzompa Sosa, PhD, who helmet the research, extracted oil from crickets, meal worms, grasshoppers, beetle larvae, soldier flies and cockroaches only to discover that it contained both saturated and unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids.

If that wasn’t amazing enough, she also found a way to extract insect oil in an environmentally friendly way, which means she would get the best quality oil and the highest return of it compared to other processes.

However, this story is still far from a done deal. Researchers at Wageningen have teamed up with bio-based experts and entomologists to figure out the breeding, diet, and processing of insects for oil.

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