The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

M ore than two bil­lion peo­ple now reg­u­larly chow down on in­sects world­wide, and if you still haven’t given th­ese creepy crawlies a chance, now’s the time to start. Not only are they packed with en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly protein, vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Madi­son-Wis­con­sin in the US say they’re also full of gut-boost­ing fi­bre.

The sci­en­tists found that when peo­ple noshed on cricket meal-based muffins and smooth­ies (each con­tain­ing 25g of cricket meal) ev­ery day for two weeks, the amount of ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria in their gut sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased. The fi­bre-rich crick­ets were also shown to re­duce in­flam­ma­tory pro­teins found in the blood, which means they may also help pre­vent can­cer and de­pres­sion. That’s one mem­o­rable snack to put a spring in your step!

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