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!