Volunteers Eat Mealworms for Three Months to Simulate Space Travel
Three brave volunteers emerged a few days ago from a three-month-long hibernation in the 160-squared-meter 'Moon Palace 1,' an indoor capsule at the Beijing University of Astronautics and Aeronautics used for testing self-sustaining methods of survival for astronauts in space. These volunteers (one man and two women) were participating in a study to find the best nutrition-raising techniques during long expeditions into space.
They spent three months growing and harvesting little crops and grains, feeding their leftovers to a small farm of mealworms. But the mealworms served a greater purpose than just a garbage disposal system. These mealworms provided these three testers with a very healthy dose of protein in their diets. The cooked and ate many of these mealworms a day without worrying about depleting the source, since mealworms propagate very quickly.
The results of their testing aboard the Moon Palace have yet to be released, but we have every reason to believe that their system worked well for them. According to Liu, the leader of the study, they emerged from the Moon Palace "healthy and happy." Although eating mealworms is still an alien and even disturbing concept to many, the nutritional benefits of mealworms are widely accepted. Made up of almost 80 percent protein, and less that 6 percent fat, mealworms are extremely healthy.
Mealworms just might become the health food of the future! Think about that the next time you see one crawling around!