The advantages of eating locusts in terms of nutrition

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Locusts have lately invaded portions of Kenya, causing massive plant loss and generating a headache for many Kenyans.

This has led the Kenyan government to look at ways to eliminate it.

However, Kenyans can take advantage of this as locusts are being eaten.

Locusts, a type of locust family member of the Acrididae family, are considered a delicacy in many lands in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. They can be given live, dried, fried and smoked depending on one's will.

Some residents of Western Kenya like to eat locusts alive and describe them as very tasty as smoked sausages.

The locusts contain the following minerals;


According to Steve Parker's book "Insects", locusts contain between 50 and 60 percent protein. This makes them more protein than cattle.


The fat percentage of desert locusts is lower than the percentage of protein. The 2001 edition of the "Journal of King Saud University" puts the percentage of locust oil at 12 percent.

Some nutrients

The locust contains a sufficient amount of iodine, phosphorus, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and traces of calcium, magnesium and selenium.

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