What are the benefits of insect protein?
Written by: Alex Hay
When it comes to the topic of eating insects, many pet owners in the US will probably cringe. That’s because we tend to associate insects as something undesirable, gross, or creepy. But the truth is that insects have been consumed by not just animals but also people around the world for centuries! Called entomophagy, it's quite common, and currently over 2 billion people globally consume insects as part of their regular diet.
One commonly farmed insect protein source are the larvae of Hermetia illucens, commonly known as black soldier fly larvae or soldier worms. According to one scientific report, the dry weight of black soldier fly larvae contains up to 50% crude protein, up to 35% lipids, and have an amino acid profile that is like that of fishmeal.