Insect food for sports
In western countries, six-legged crawling animals are rarely on the menu. A Cologne-based company wants to change that and has developed a new kind of sports nutrition that is made with the protein of ground insects. "Athletes in particular can quickly add new energy and build their muscles with insect bars - in a simple, sustainable and delicious way," explains Dr. Christopher Zeppenfeld, one of the company's two founders.
The bars are said to come in three different flavors and are made with natural ingredients. The company was supported in the development by the German Sport University Cologne and the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy in Potsdam.
Worldwide, insects are an important source of food for many people. There are almost 2,000 edible species that differ in their nutrient composition. For the fitness bar, the manufacturers use ground crickets, which are obtained from small farmers in rural Thailand. The cricket has a high protein content (70% in dry matter). The protein is high quality because it contains all essential amino acids. Essential amino acids are important for building muscle and cannot be produced by the body itself. The bars are also rich in fiber, minerals such as iron and zinc and vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is only found in animal foods and is important for energy metabolism and the function of the nervous system. Heike Kreutz, respectively