Protein Bars Made Using Insects and Reasons Why You Should Eat More Bugs

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Global food demand is about to increase significantly. In 2050, the world will be home to more than 9 billion people. To feed that many people we will need an alternative source of food and insects are a promising solution. They require far less land than cattle, are much more efficient in producing protein from feed, use almost no water, and don’t produce greenhouse gases. It is not just about sustainability though, insects are a great source of nutrition for our body too! They contain high quality proteins, healthy fats, fiber and minerals. To help ease the transition into insect-based foods, ZoicBars is making protein bars using insect flour, dates, nuts and cacao for a deliciously sustainable way to feed your hunger.
Insects are composed of three basic components: protein, fat and fiber. Without knowing anything about biochemistry, our prehistoric ancestors knew insects are good for them. It wasn’t just their taste – the nutritionally dense insects also made the hunter-gatherer feel full and strong. We could say that insects were the first food supplement. Their nutrition varies from species to species, which is why we focused on only one type of insect that is especially fit for human consumption – mealworms.
1. Protein
According to our research (supported by the Veterinary Faculty of Ljubljana), mealworms contain up to 55% protein. That is A LOT! They contain the full profile of essential amino acids, as well as 20% more branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) than beef. Most importantly, the proteins in mealworms are not isolated, but remain bound in tissue. Many supplements that are common today contain highly processed protein, isolated from other food sources with chemicals.
2. Fat
Modern medical research recommends food with lots of natural unprocessed fats, saturated and monounsaturated fats, such as organic dairy, meat from grass-fed animals, natural oils, and nuts. Natural foods high in monounsaturated and saturated fats are the preferred energy source of our bodies. Research has shown that insect oil contains essential fatty acids, namely oleic acid and linoleic acid.
3. Fiber 
Fibre is mainly indigestible material, important for preventing bowel disease. Parts of fibre may be digested with the help of beneficial probiotic bacteria. Butyric acid, which is a side product of digesting fibre, protects intestine walls. Fibre also has a role in cleaning the digestive system and helping the movement of smooth muscles. Having lots of fibre in your diet increases the chance of your digestive tract ejecting potential tumour cells growing on intestinal mucus. Like shells and shellfish, insects also have a unique component in their exoskeleton – N-acetyl-glucosamine – that is often used to treat osteoarthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
4. Vitamins
Mealworms generally have higher vitamin content than beef, with the exception of vitamin B12.
5. Minerals
According to our research, mealworms have an iron content of 37-45mg per 100g. Beef, for example, contains 6-9mg per 100g. Insects are also a good source of minerals important for our muscles. They have high amounts of calcium, magnesium, zinc and other important micronutrients.
All this data is just about one species of edible insects. There are 6 million insect species on Earth, and many have not yet been discovered. I believe that insects have more potential than we can even imagine.

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