People all over the world eat various bugs and insects for high nutritional value and affordability

People in the countryside of neighbouring Zimbabwe enjoy Christmas beetles which are plentiful this time of the year as a cheap and crunchy snack or as part of high protein and nutritious meal.

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A different kind of ‘meat’

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, over 2 billion people worldwide supplement their diet with insects. High in protein, B vitamins and minerals like zinc and iron and low in fat, they are a healthy option and are more affordable than other meat options.

Eating insects as a source of protein isn’t strange for most SouthAfricans at all as masonja or mopane worms are recognised across the country as a delicious source of protein.

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You need more bugs in your diet

We all unknowingly swallow several bugs each year, however, the UN has repeatedly made a call for people to intentionally eat more bugs.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization reminds us that there are more than 1,900 edible insect species on Earth. These are an affordable source of protein, fibre, good fats, and vital minerals.

The UN list includes mealworms, ants, stinkbugs, grasshoppers, locusts and many other bugs already eaten around the world.


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