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Insects Can Serve As A Source For Omega Three Fatty Acids

There is a lot of talk concerning the health benefits of omega fatty acids. Currently omega fatty acids are among the best selling dietary supplements. At the moment insects are already being used to extract protein for dietary products like protein powder. During the protein extraction process, insect oil consisting of omega threes are also extracted, but the oil is not used. Instead the oil is thrown out and wasted. Many researches are disappointed that the valuable oil is wasted, and researchers now want to determine which insects are best for omega oil extraction. Additionally, researchers want to ascertain what an insect’s diet should consist of in order to extract the highest quality omega fatty acids

Insects naturally produce saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. So far the leading researcher involved in procuring fatty acids from insects has successfully extracted the highest quality oil from mealworms, beetle larvae, crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers and soldier flies. The extracted oil is not just used for human dieting purposes. The oil is also used in the production of cosmetics and cat food, and the oil extracted from insects is just as effective as fish oil and can save millions of dollars in manufacturing costs.

Would you be willing to consume omega fatty acids if you knew that the acids were procured from insects?