Earlier this year, the fields in Sindh especially those in Thar were swarmed by locusts threatening the agricultural crops. The Government of Sindh tried to control the attack with aerial and ground spraying of insecticides in various districts of the province. However the natives came out with their very own solution to the problem. The people of Tharpakar conceived a “mouth-watering” idea of cooking Locusts. Currently the restaurants there are apparently selling Locust Biryani and curry to the diners.
The idea may seem absurd and gross, but hold on folks. We have discovered Locusts can actually be very healthy & nutritious and here are 6 reasons why.
1: They can prevent heart attacks
Researchers claim that Locusts contain a chemical called Phytosterols that prevent that absorption of cholesterol reducing the risk of a cardiac arrest and other cardiovascular diseases.
2: They are rich sources of Protein
Locusts, like many insects, are an excellent source of protein. Researchers believe that they are 50 to 60% proteins making them richer in proteins than cows. Cool right?
3: They are very low on carbs. Heaven for you if you are on a diet.
Carbohydrate levels are very low in locusts, which makes them a good candidate for Atkins and Paleo types of diets.
4: They are a treasure in disguise.
Do not underestimate this insect upon its size. Along with proteins and other essential chemicals Locusts also contain iodine, phosphorus, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, as well as traces of calcium, magnesium and selenium. Impressive!
5: Boosts Immunity.
As these little creatures are rich in minerals they are said to be rich in proteins, fatty acids and minerals that boost immunity, fight cancer and prevent inflammation of body organs.
6: Tackles Food Insecurity.
Eating edible insects such are these benefits environment and helps in addressing the rapidly increasing demand for food worldwide.
Many have questioned the status of Locusts of whether is it haram or halal. Recent Fatwas show that it is very much halal and was a traditional meat source amongst the Arabs.
So when are you ordering your plate of delicious Locust Biryani?