The Margin: Ready for grasshopper juice? These bugs pack 5x more antioxidants than fresh-squeezed OJ

Orange juice, kale, acai berries… and bugs?

Turns out, edible insects like grasshoppers, crickets and silkworms are rich sources of antioxidants — packing five times more antioxidants than fresh orange juice, according to a new study published in Frontiers in Nutrition.

Though a quarter of the world’s population — or about 2 billion people — regularly eat insects, many Americans remain squeamish about swallowing bugs. The author of the study says its findings could be one way to entice health-conscious consumers to bite: in other words, by billing these critters as six-legged superfoods.

“Edible insects are an excellent source of protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and fiber.

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