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Boost Your Immunity and Mood with Insects

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Boost Your Immunity and Mood with Insects

New research into the human microbiome shows that what happens in the gut has a big impact on immunity, skin quality, energy levels, and even mood. So, what can we do to heal our gut and improve microbiome? There are several things and eating insects can help a lot!

What affects your microbiome?

We are starting to learn how important having a healthy gut and robust microbiome is. If we want to keep it that way, we need to feed and protect beneficial bacteria that help us battle invaders. These are the most important and easily to take steps.

  • Get at least 25 g of fibre a day. Fermentable fibre found in vegetables, fruits, and insects is what helpful bacteria feed on. Sufficient daily supply is a must.
  • Eat fermented foods several times a week. Fermented foods contain good bacteria. Foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, or kombucha should appear in your diet often.
  • Avoid refined sugar. Excessive consumption of refined sugar and processed foods feeds yeast, fungi, and other hostile microbes which can disrupt the balance of your microbiome. It also causes inflammation that weakens the intestinal wall.
  • Sleep well and manage chronic stress. Bad sleep and chronic stress both prevent proper regeneration and increase inflammation, neither of which is compatible with a healthy gut.

This is how insect eating will help

Insects contain several nutrients that will directly help improve the state of your gut. Let’s look at our favourite insect, the cricket, as an example.

Cricket flour contains 6 g of fibre per 100 g. This is about 24 % of the daily required 25 g. And the fibre in cricket flour is unique because it comes from the cricket’s hard shell in a form chitin and chitosan. Early research suggests that this form of fibre binds to dietary lipids, reducing cholesterol and triglycerides in the body, which is great for prevention of cardiovascular disease too.

Crickets contain 3,6 g of glycine per 100g (1). Glycine helps form two most important substances that make up the intestinal wall - gelatin, and glutamine. They are essential for repair and maintenance. It's estimated that we should get about 2 grams of glycine a day from food sources.

Crickets contain 2,8 g of omega-3 fatty acids per 100 g. It is recommended to get 1,6 g of these fatty acids per day which means only about 58 g of crickets covers your daily needs. Omega-3 fats help reduce inflammation which makes is important for gut health.

 Make sure you get enough fibre and gut-friendly nutrients. Try our insect bars!

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great bars! ill most likely switch to them

when i look for bars i look for the following checklist by priority :
1) nutrition 20gr protein <300kkcal and not too much fat/sugar (check)
2) made out of natural healthy products, no plam oils, aspartham, etc (this is usually very hard to confirm usually but i think its a check here)
3) taste (check!) - those are not too sweet, a little bit dry but quite light and don't leave a "chemical" sweetened aftertaste like some "famous" bars
4) good for the environment - thats a great bonus to have (check!)

so four checks :) i will probably swap to those going forward!

Suprised by taste

I have bought a starter pack and haven't tested all the products yet.
But protein bar and "milk" shake are excellent. And my friends are also interested in and so it's handy to have discount coupons for them.

Perfect ingredients, natural taste

I love the ingredients of this bar, nothing artificial, nothing that makes me bloated. I like that it is not too sweet, but has a natural, earthy flavour. Makes me full for hours.

Great powedered protein!

This very comparable to the mainstream whey powders from a nutritional content perspective - at 20/25 protein per scoop and ~120/30 kkcal. The taste is super nice! Blended in ~250/300 ml of water its surprisingly thick and smooth, which i like very much. The only minus I can think of is that it takes a bit more "shaking" to blend fully and ensure there are no hard pieces - not a big deal.

Delicious Proteins

I had the starter pack. I have to say, I really enjoyed it.
But lets go through it piece by piece.
Crackers: The crackers of all flavours were very good and crunchy. Only I found them a little bit too salty.
Protein bars (pleasure cricket): They were just perfect, I loved them.
Protein bars (serious): They were very good as well, but could be a little bit sweeter (but than they might not be serious anymore^^)
The protein powder tasted very good. I think it was sweeter than my usually used one(Huel), and did't feel to feed me as good, but still very nice.
The pasta were quite similar to other lentilles pasta, not very special.
I haven't tried the baking powder so far, but looking forward to use it for pancakes or so.