Scientists at Johns Hopkins University have discovered that worms thrive on carbs in a diet of worms.
The discovery of this surprising effect is reported in the Nov. 12 issue of the journal Nature.
The researchers have dubbed the new diet the “diet to worms.”
Read more from The Wall Street Journal: Worms thrive on carbohydrates in a new diet of worm.
The research team reports that worms on the diet are eating about 80 percent more carbs than those on a traditional diet.
Wondering what to eat?
Here are 10 worm foods that are sure to make your worms happy.
Spicy chicken wings.
“We think the protein is the most important thing in this diet, and we have found that by increasing the protein, you also increase the worm’s life span,” said Dr. Joseph S. Roesch, a professor of nutrition and food science at Johns Keck School of Medicine.
The new worm diet also is packed with fiber.
In addition to being high in protein, coconut milk is also high in antioxidants, which protect worms from damage by toxins.
Coconut products also help them break down proteins, which are necessary for the growth of the worms’ digestive system.
This recipe for chicken wings is so delicious, it has a name: “Dumplings in a Crusty Wagon.”
The worms are so happy when they are given a meal with this combination of flavors that they go crazy over it, Dr. Riesch said.
Green bean dip.
You might know the worms prefer green beans.
But these worm-free versions are super tasty and healthy.
Spaghetti squash with cauliflower.
This soup can be made from the spaghetti squash, which is used to make noodles, as well as a few vegetables, like carrots, peas and potatoes.
It’s made with coconut milk, coconut oil, garlic, cumin, onion, parsley, thyme and red pepper flakes.
The worms love potatoes, which come in a variety of flavors, including sweet, savory and savory.
They eat them with a spoon, and the worm-friendly version makes for a great side dish.
This new worm-themed snack is made with chicken, broccoli and other veggies, and is one of the most popular snacks at the local farmers market.
The recipe calls for ground chicken, chicken broth and shredded carrots.
Cauliflower and tomato soup.
Canned or frozen cauliflower is a good source of fiber, while frozen tomato soup is high in potassium, which protects the worms from many of the toxins in their diet.
Chicken or vegetable protein powders also are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
This cilantro-based dip is made from a variety and varieties of herbs, including cilantro, oregano, oreo and cilantro.
It has a sweet taste and is packed full of vitamins, minerals and vitamins A, D and E. 10.
Cucumber and avocado salad.
This salad has lots of healthy fats in it.
This is a great way to enjoy a bowl of worm food.