Insects can be a source of high-quality protein (i.e. source of essential amino acids), vitamins and minerals depending on the species, stage of development and diet. In comparison to some meat products they also have lower concentrations of cholesterol alongside a favourable Omega-3 / Omega-6-fatty acid ratio. Another advantage of insects is their production. Insects reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint over their entire life cycle.