The Nutritional Facts and Health benefits of Edible Palm Weevil Larvae (Akokono)

The palm weevil insects have emerged as a significant animal protein product in the 21st century.  The existence of the Edible Palm Weevil Larvae (Akokono) is paramount towards the achievement of food security. The foregone is recognized as a top priority for eradicating hunger, improving good health, nutrition, promotion of agriculture and it explicitly mentioned in the Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).  

Paradoxically, Globally, the Palm Weevil industry is an authoritative driver of economic growth. Enormous research pinpoints the sector as a catalyst for employment generation and a significant contributor towards international market and foreign exchange earnings.  

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With respect to the insect’s consumption, it is estimated that about 2 billion people in continents such as Asia, Latin America and Africa, eat more than 2000 insect’s species as parts of their traditional meals for a millennium.  From a local perspective, In Ghana, it has been revealed that nearly 30 percent of the country’s population consumes 9 edible insect species. 

Fresh Akokono, Credit: legendaryfoodsafrica.com

In furtherance, the Edible Palm Weevil Larvae (Akokono) is a significant source of fat and protein, valuable amino acids, B vitamins, and zinc. The above elaborates the nutritional value of Akokono in promoting good health. For example, it is reported that Zinc is a necessary for the immune system of the body to function properly. It essential for cell formation, wound healing, and breakdown of glucose whiles B Vitamins plays a key role in promoting good health and well-being.  

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Fried Akokono, Credit: legendaryfoodsafrica.com

Moreover, Carnitine is reported to be found in Akokono, a  nutrient that can promotes lowering cholesterol levels. leucine is also obtained from the aforementoned edible insects also contributes to several metabolic processes. 

For quality edible Edible Palm Weevil Larvae (Akokono) product, you can order locally (Ghana) and internationally from the Akokono house located at the Mango Road of the Nkrumah university of science and Technology. 

The Akokono House can be reached on +233 54 292  5516 or +233 20 440 4456 and Via mail at shobhita.soor@gmail.com or Visit: legendaryfoodsafrica.com for more detailed information about Akokono Products

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