Potential of Insect Life Stages as Functional Ingredients for Improved Nutrition and Health

Abstract:

This study aimed to provide information on the nutrients of the edible larval stage of Gonimbrasia cocaulti (GC) for the first time, while exploring the potential nutrient content of the pupal life stages of the domestic silkworm (Bombyx mori; BM) and the Eri silkworm (Samia Cynthia ricini; SC). The three insects were analyzed for fatty acids, minerals, proximate composition and vitamins. Among the fatty acids, linoleic, a polyunsaturated fatty acid, was approximately threefold higher in GC than in the silkworms. The Ca, Fe and K contents were highest in GC. However, the Zn and Na contents were highest in BM, while Mg content was predominant in SC. The crude protein content of the various developmental life stages of the edible caterpillars and pupae ranged between 50 and 62%. Further, the fiber content of GC was substantially higher compared to the pupal stages of the two silkworm species. The vitamin (B6, B9, B12 and α-tocopherol) levels of the two insect life stages were considerably high. These insects are comparably rich in nutrients with potential suitability to be utilized in food fortification and thus ease pressure on the over-reliance on animal and plant-based sources, which are becoming unsustainable
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APA

Chrysantus, T , Chrysantus, T & Chrysantus, T (2024). Potential of Insect Life Stages as Functional Ingredients for Improved Nutrition and Health. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/potential-of-insect-life-stages-as-functional-ingredients-for-improved-nutrition-and-health

MLA 8th

Chrysantus, Tanga et. al. "Potential of Insect Life Stages as Functional Ingredients for Improved Nutrition and Health" Afribary. Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/potential-of-insect-life-stages-as-functional-ingredients-for-improved-nutrition-and-health. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

MLA7

Chrysantus, Tanga, Tanga Chrysantus and Tanga Chrysantus . "Potential of Insect Life Stages as Functional Ingredients for Improved Nutrition and Health". Afribary, Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024. Web. 18 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/potential-of-insect-life-stages-as-functional-ingredients-for-improved-nutrition-and-health >.

Chicago

Chrysantus, Tanga , Chrysantus, Tanga and Chrysantus, Tanga . "Potential of Insect Life Stages as Functional Ingredients for Improved Nutrition and Health" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 18, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/potential-of-insect-life-stages-as-functional-ingredients-for-improved-nutrition-and-health