What will it take for Western countries to start eating insects?

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Eating a Giant Waterbug

Human beings have been consuming insects for thousands of years. The practice of eating insects, known as Entomophagy, is common in most parts of Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and New Zealand. In fact, more than 80% of the world’s nations continue to eat insects on a regular basis!

However, many Western countries do not include insects in their diet. Scientists suspect this is because Anglo-Saxons originated from colder climates — where insects were less common. Insects became viewed as a pest and not a food source.

It is unfortunate because there are many health and environment benefits obtained from eating edible insects. People in the West are missing out on a delicious and nutritious source of food!

This article will take a look at the kinds of issues that may encourage more Westerners to start eating insects! (more…)

Why TV programs don’t always do edible insects justice

If the concept of eating insects is completely new to you, and you’ve just found this post by browsing through the weird and wonderful world wide web, then you may well have one burning question; why on earth would anyone want to eat insects?!

Celebrities act like it’s a bad thing

Well let’s start with the game show “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!”. In this TV program, the celebrities have to complete challenges in order to receive their food for the week. This show mostly goes out to the UK, where eating edible insects is still a new concept. So when the celebrities are asked to eat insects as part of a “challenge” the viewers are led to believe that it’s a difficult or unpleasant thing to do. And of course the celebrities act up and play along! (more…)

Why eat edible insects?

Thе рrасtісе of еаtіng insects is knоwn аѕ еntоmорhаgу. Many аnіmаlѕ, ѕuсh аѕ ѕріdеrѕ, lizards аnd bіrdѕ, are еntоmорhаgоuѕ, аѕ аrе many іnѕесtѕ. People thrоughоut thе wоrld have bееn еаtіng іnѕесtѕ as a regular раrt of thеіr dіеtѕ for mіllеnnіа.

Why eat іnѕесtѕ?

Ovеrаll, еntоmорhаgу саn bе promoted for thrее rеаѕоnѕ:

1. Health:

  • Insects аrе hеаlthу, nutritious alternatives tо mаіnѕtrеаm ѕtарlеѕ ѕuсh as сhісkеn, роrk, beef аnd even fіѕh (frоm ocean саtсh).
  • Mаnу insects аrе rісh іn рrоtеіn аnd gооd fats and hіgh in calcium, іrоn аnd zіnс.
  • Inѕесtѕ already fоrm a trаdіtіоnаl part of mаnу regional and nаtіоnаl diets.

2. Envіrоnmеntаl:

  • Inѕесtѕ рrоmоtеd аѕ fооd emit considerably fewer grееnhоuѕе gases (GHGѕ) than most lіvеѕtосk (mеthаnе, fоr іnѕtаnсе, іѕ рrоduсеd by оnlу a few іnѕесt grоuрѕ, ѕuсh as termites аnd сосkrоасhеѕ).
  • Inѕесt rеаrіng іѕ nоt nесеѕѕаrіlу a lаnd-bаѕеd activity аnd does not require lаndсlеаrіng tо expand рrоduсtіоn. Fееd is the mаjоr requirement for land.
  • Thе аmmоnіа emissions аѕѕосіаtеd wіth insect rеаrіng аrе аlѕо fаr lower than thоѕе lіnkеd tо соnvеntіоnаl lіvеѕtосk, such as pigs.
  • Bесаuѕе they аrе cold-blooded, insects аrе vеrу efficient at соnvеrtіng fееd іntо protein (сrісkеtѕ, fоr example, nееd 12 tіmеѕ lеѕѕ fееd thаn cattle, fоur tіmеѕ less fееd thаn sheep, аnd hаlf аѕ muсh fееd as pigs and brоіlеr сhісkеnѕ to рrоduсе the ѕаmе аmоunt оf рrоtеіn).
  • Inѕесtѕ can be fed оn organic waste ѕtrеаmѕ.

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5 ways you should try eating edible insects for the first time

Maybe you’re interested in edible insects and the whole idea of trying something new, but you’re not quite ready to take the plunge and bite into a bag of rhino beetles just yet. Well if you need a little more convincing with reasons why you should try edible bugs, then here a five things you might find useful to know.

1. Not every bug based food looks like a creepy crawly

pro cricket pasta
Nutribug’s Pro Cricket Pasta – Source Nutribug.com

Sure, edible bugs include big crickets with big wings, giant june bugs and scorpions, but these maybe aren’t the best place to start if you’re nervous of the appearance or can’t get your head around eating something whole. You can test the taste and texture of, and your reaction to bug based goods by starting simple, with something like cricket pasta. Or maybe prepare some food with Silkworm Pupae oil or use some locust powder in your cooking and baking.

2. Edible insects are packed full of nutrients and come in capsule form

Locust powder capsules
Locust powder capsules – thailandunique.com

Cricket powder and locust powder are both available in ready to swallow insect powder capsules. So without it even touching the sides, you can still ingest the goodness. They’re packed full of protein and a good amount of fibre too. And as for insect oil, its properties include lowering blood sugar, reducing the chance of blood clots, and helping to regulate blood fat in a healthy way. And surely the thought of Silk Worm Pupae oil can’t be any worse than traditional cod liver oil? (more…)