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Crickets and crawlies shouldn’t be creepy anymore

Edible insects have the highest market value in Asia-Pacific regions, according to recent reports. However, the same reports indicate that their value is on the rise in the United States. Most people in Western countries may think that insects and other creepy crawlies, such as spiders or scorpions, have no place in their daily meals because they have a bad rap as scary house intruders. However, scientists suggest we should be more open minded about including such critters in our diets. "Edible insects are an excellent source of protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, and fiber. But until now, nobody had compared them with traditional functional foods, such as olive oil or orange juice, in terms of antioxidant activity," notes Prof. Serafini. To find out the insects and arachnids' antioxidant content, the researchers ground them and then separated them into fat-soluble content and water-soluble content after having removed any inedible parts, such as wings or stings. Finally, they tested each of the edible parts to see how rich they were in antioxidants. In the future, we might also adapt dietary regimens for insect rearing in order to increase their antioxidant content for animal or human consumption.” Says Prof. Mauro Serafini.

(Source: www.medicalnewstoday.com)

Even the slim has to have some diet restrictions

Even slim people may benefit from restricting their calories; reducing daily calorie intake by around 300 per day can significantly improve markers of cardiometabolic health. Dr. Kraus and colleagues explain in their paper that some cardiometabolic markers — such as cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar — can raise the risk of cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular death even when they are within ranges that healthcare professionals consider to be normal. On the other hand, numerous studies have suggested that calorie restriction benefits both a person's health span and life span. People can do this fairly easily by simply watching their little indiscretions here and there, or maybe reducing the amount of them, like not snacking after dinner. "There's something about caloric restriction, some mechanism we don't yet understand that results in these improvements. We have collected blood, muscle, and other samples from these participants and will continue to explore what this metabolic signal or magic molecule might be.", says Dr. Kraus. Dr. Kraus also makes it clear that his study examined biomarkers for a person's health span, and he says that he and his colleagues were "impressed" by the "dramatic" improvements and "remarkably" positive effects that caloric restriction had on waist circumference, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, glucose control, and blood pressure.

(Source: www.medicalnewstoday.com)