Insects As A Source Of Omega Three Fatty Acids

During the past decade or more, we have been hearing a lot about the health benefits that can be had from taking supplements containing omega three fatty acids. Most people assume that fish is the only source of omega three fatty acids, but omega threes are found in many plants and animals, including insects. In fact, researchers have managed to extract omega three fatty acid oil from insects, and they hope that the insect-based omega acids will become commercially available.

Currently, omega three oils are already extracted at insect processing centers. Unfortunately, all the insect oil that is extracted is thrown away. The insect oil can be processed in an environmentally safe way, and it is a relatively cheap process. Researchers have procured omega three fatty acids from a number of different insects including, mealworms, crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers and soldier ants. All the different omega acids collected from the different insects contained both saturated and unsaturated fats, and some oils are reported to smell better than others.

Would you be willing to consume omega three fatty acids if the acids were extracted from bugs?

 

 

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