Sago eating must be normal, then what about eating sago caterpillars? Sago caterpillar is a typical food of eastern Indonesia. Although most people feel disgusted with this food, sago caterpillar is considered a nutrient-rich food, you know. What are the benefits of eating sago caterpillars? Let’s find out more about the following characteristics and benefits of sago caterpillars.
Various foods from sago caterpillars
When the sago tree or palm begins to rot, the sago beetle will lay eggs around the tree trunk. After the eggs hatch, there will appear white caterpillars that are known as sago caterpillars. This caterpillar has the Latin name Rhynchophorus ferrugineus , also known as red palm weevil .
Now, after the egg is hatched into a caterpillar, the people of North Sumatra, East Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, and Papua take the caterpillar to be processed as food. Sometimes they consume it raw, make a side dish for savory rice, or make it as serundeng as sago caterpillar.
In fact, these caterpillars are often made into snacks for children. For example skotel, omelette roll, toast, tofu fill, sweet potato balls, croquettes, banana sponge, lemper, and also panada.
The benefits of eating sago caterpillars for health
According to research conducted by Nirmala IR, MSc, and colleagues, sago caterpillars contain proteins, carbohydrates, omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, and amino acids.
Although there is no deeper research on the benefits of sago caterpillars, based on their nutrients there are several benefits that you might get, such as:
1. Build muscle
Sago caterpillars are high in protein. Protein is an important component that plays a role in building and repairing body cells and tissues, such as bones, muscles and skin.
In addition, protein also helps the process of forming enzymes, hormones, and other chemical compounds. The body does not produce protein naturally. So, you need protein intake from food, such as this sago caterpillar.
2. Prevent various diseases
Sago caterpillars also contain a variety of good fatty acids, such as oleic acid, omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9.
The content of fatty acids is believed to reduce inflammation in the body thereby reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease , depression, asthma, and rheumatism.
Many fatty acids are also made into supplements to reduce high triglyceride levels which cause heart disease.
3. Improve mood and sports performance
Sago caterpillars contain various types of amino acids, such as isoleucine, leucine, histidine, and phenylalanine. These amino acids help produce serotonin, which is a brain chemical that can improve your mood and sleep cycle.