It turns out that you don’t really have to search farther if you want to have a healthy gut. The truth is that you can find the main ingredient in your own backyard. New research shows you can skip the probiotic pills, and instead, chow down on some crickets if you want a healthy gut.
Many people couldn’t handle being around bugs, let alone eating them. Shockingly, munching on the protein-rich insects increases healthy gut bacteria – and may reduce inflammation in the body.
If you want a healthy gut, crickets might just be the best thing for your menu.
Valerie Stull is a recent doctoral graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and also the lead author of the study. She was inspired to further know about the benefits of icorporating insects into the diet after being introduced to the idea.
“I was on a trip with my parents in Central America, and we were served fried ants … I remember being so grossed out initially, but when I put the ant in my mouth, I was really surprised because it tasted like food — and it was good!”
A study published earlier this year found that insects are no harder to digest than any other foods in our day-to-day diets.
“There is a lot of interest right now in edible insects … It’s gaining traction in Europe and in the U.S. as a sustainable, environmentally friendly protein source compared to traditional livestock.”
If the idea of biting into a bug still causes you to squirm, Stull suggests testing the waters with cricket powder.
Stull and her team examined 20 healthy adults, aged 18 and 48, for about six weeks. The results of her experiment proved that crickets promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. And here’s a bonus: there is no harm in eating a lot of crickets every day. Meaning, you can add as much as you want in your daily meals.
8 Amazing Bowl Foods From Around The Globe
These delicious dishes served in bowls will give you a taste of culture around the world.
Let's get one thing straight: food served in a bowl is nothing new. However, bowl food has become a trend after it was added to the menu of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding reception. This certainly is a good thing since there are several yummy dishes served in bowls from around the world that could benefit from the new interest.
Bowls are typically used for soups or stews but can also handle other delicious options. Not surprisingly, almost every culture has their own signature bowl food. Here are eight of the best bowl foods you can enjoy from every corner of the globe.
1. Salmorejo (Seville, Spain)
9 Ancient Food That Are Still Being Prepared Today
These amazing food once nourished our ancestors hundreds of years ago!
Food has been a part of every culture since the dawn of man. Although some recipes have not been passed down, there are a few ancient dishes that can still be enjoyed today. Our ancestors certainly understood that food had other purposes than just pleasing the palate. For pure nourishment prior to battles, the Spartans of ancient Greece would consume "black soup," which was made from boiled pigs’ blood, pork, and vinegar.
Legend says that a man from Sybaris said, "Now I know why the Spartans do not fear death," after tasting the soup. Although the recipe did not survive, several cultures have their own version of black soup today. Here are nine ancient foods that are still being prepared and enjoyed around the world.
8 Popular Desserts With Surprising Origins
The apple pie isn’t as American as you think!
Everybody has their own favorite desserts. Some people prefer ice cream while others look for a chocolatey treat. But what do we truly know about our favorite sweets? Some sugary snacks actually have surprising origins dating back to ancient civilizations.
Some popular sweets truly have unexpected beginnings. Hot chocolate was originally a bitter drink made from cacao beans and used by the Aztecs for medicinal purposes. It was the Europeans who added the milk and sugar several years after discovering the Americas. Here are 10 yummy desserts with origins you probably didn't know about.