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Insect oil a new sustainable source of Omega 3

This ScienceDaily article describes how researchers at Wageningen University and Research Centre have shown that insect oils – currently extracted from insects alongside the desired edible proteins but discarded as a waste product – contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential part of the human diet and have many additional health benefits, but most dietary omega-3 fatty acids currently come from fish. This research finds that insects could provide a more ecologically friendly alternative source of these essential fats.

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