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What are Prebiotics?

What are prebiotics?

Prebiotics are an important element for healthy gut flora.

Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria in your gut. There has been a lot written about their benefits recently. Prebiotics are less discussed but are just as important.

In a simplified sense, prebiotics are food for probiotics. Here are two key functions.

1. Probiotics are the good bacteria that support good health and work to reduce the number of bad bacteria. Prebiotics are the nutrients probiotics need to thrive.

2. Prebiotics are an antioxidant dietary fiber that remains undigested until it reaches your colon. It then ferments and develops fatty-acids leading to better colon health.

Both are a key to good health.

How Can I Add Prebiotics to My Diet?

Insects, of course. The chitin, which is the exoskeleton of insects, is high in prebiotic fiber. Adding insects to your diet is easy considering the number of edible insects for sale. If eating insects is hard, you can always use cricket powder to make cricket flour and enjoy the benefits of chitin without the taste. Although, insects do taste great.

Cricket protein is similar to beef and salmon when it comes to quality protein. It has all of the essential amino acids and is packed with B vitamins with a perfect balance of an Omega 6:3 ratio of 3:1. In addition, crickets have more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach. The cricket’s chitin (exoskeleton) is a prebiotic just to top it off. ×
Crickets can be grown using less than 1% of the water needed for an equivalent amount of beef. Insects produce virtually no greenhouse gas when compared to beef and can be grown on bio-waste reducing the need to use land to grow their feed. Bugs are an environmentally friendly food source. ×
Insects need substantially less land than other livestock and can be grown vertically in an urban environment. They are grown humanely and can be grown just about anyplace in the world by households, small farmers and large commercial interests. Insects for food is trend whose time has come... again. ×
Current meat production is unsustainable and the more insects people eat, the less meat they will consume. If we make edible insects a trend in North America and Europe, the rest of the world will follow. ×

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