Most of you might not know that palm-tree worm is a very rich source of nutrition such as amino acids, oil, protein, carbohydrates and minerals, and dietary fiber.
A research in the year 2011 revealed that palm tree worm is a rich source of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, fatty acid, lipid, dietary fiber and carbohydrate, and fatty acids such as palmitic acid and stearic acid.
Nutritional composition of palm-tree worm (g/100g dry weight) is as follows:
• Carbohydrates 33.2g
• Energy (kcal) 583
• Protein 25.8g
• Fat 38.5g
• Ash 2.1g
Top 8 Health Benefits of Palm-tree Worm are as follows:
1. Good source of income
Palm tree worms offer economic opportunities to some people especially in the underdeveloped and developing parts of the world. In some parts of Africa that I know very well, these worms are sold, and the people make some good money from the sales daily.
2. Enhances digestion
The dietary fiber present in palm-tree worms helps in the digestion of food which prevents the risk of constipation and flatulence. It can also be easily digested and boosts the metabolism.
3. For pharmaceutical purposes
Simply put, some of the drugs we consume are made from these worms. Palm-tree worms contain fatty acids such as linoleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid which are used in many pharmaceutical companies. The worms are also rich in amino acids such as aspartic acid, arginine, Isoleucine, alanine, lysine and tyrosine.
4. Strengthens bones and teeth
Palm-tree worms are rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium, which helps strengthen our bones and teeth. They can diversify the nutritional intake and give you many essential nutrients.
5. Rich source of protein
As we all know, proteins are really essential to the body. Since palm-tree worms contain high protein just like eggs, they serve the same purposes. That is, building worn out tissues and making new ones. A 2017 study investigated the protein analysis of palm-tree worm, and revealed that the worm had high protein content in its larvae stage.
Palm-tree warms have been said to have almost same nutritional protein content as soya. They also contain low cholesterol.
6. Reduces blood sugar levels
Palm-tree worms are healthy food for diabetics as they are low in sugar and would help maintain sugar levels. They also help reduce cholesterol levels thereby reducing the risk of other diseases.
7. Fights Microbial Infections
Medical studies have shown that the worms provide a protective barrier against microorganisms due to their antimicrobial properties. The worms are said to be rich in Iron and Zinc.
8. Good for cooking
One way of getting the optimal nutrients present in palm-tree worms is when it is eaten. As mentioned earlier, these worms have different recipes in which they can be prepared to suit your taste. They can either be eaten raw, roasted, fried and even barbecued. They can be added as side dishes or to stew or soups, whichever way you prefer.
Negatives sides of palm tree worm
Even though Palm-tree warm has nutritional value to the human body, it is also considered as a destructive pest. This is because, it bore holes in a palm-tree tree, date palm, and palm tree killing them completely. In other words, this pest can destroy the entire plantation resulting to food shortages and later starvation of people who depend on palm-tree fruits as the source of food and income.
Furthermore, other adverse consequences follow as the beauty of the beach that looks appealing when covered with palm trees depreciate and the monetary value obtained from selling palm-tree fruit and its product reduce. What is more, this edible maggot looks so disgusting and therefore, not so many people can eat it.
Palm-tree worms are a nutritious food source with many health benefits. These little creatures are also source of food and income for the peasant farmers in rural areas and villages. You can add them to your diet on daily basics.