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Looking to consume insects primarily for the fat. I am interested in the omega 3 content, specifically in maximizing EPA/DHA but am having difficulty finding appropriate information.
Does anyone know of any research that breaks down the fatty acid profiles for various insects? It's burried in this PDF (http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3253e/i3253e06.pdf) but It would appear mealworms actually have a relatively poor ratio of approx 24/1 linoleic/linolenic and they don't mention the balance of EPA/DHA.
Another source (abstract: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1749-7345.2007.00101.x/abstract, and the full version http://www.organicvaluerecovery.com/studies/studies_htm_files/fish offal.pdf) mentions BSFL can convert EPA/DHA in fish offal to an edible form but it would appear if they are not directly consuming EPA/DHA it will not register in significant quantities in their bodies.
From what I've read so far I imagine the concentration of omega 3 (and fat content in general) is going to be highly dependent on the diet larvae have been raised on.... anyone have suggestions/experience on what could be used as feed to maximize the fat content?
I'd be interested in any research that explores how the nutrient content of larvae changes based on the diet provided.