If these free radicals become too abundant, it's called oxidative stress, which can lead to cell damage. It is considered a contributing factor to aging and is associated with the development of various diseases. Antioxidant-rich foods can counteract this phenomenon.
Some well-known antioxidants include Vitamin C, Vitamin D, or carotenoids. A particularly high content can be found in orange juice, nuts, or cruciferous vegetables. But crickets also contain a surprisingly large amount. They have five times more antioxidants than orange juice. Further experiments outside the lab are needed to determine how many of these nutrients are ultimately available to the human body.
Nevertheless, this study once again shows how much untapped potential there is in insects as food. Insect farming offers a great opportunity to contribute to supplying the growing world population with nutrients. It will be exciting to see what the future of nutrition holds and what insights we will have in 10 years when we look back on today's decisions and considerations.
Stay open-minded and experimental!