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

eating edible insects
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…)

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…)

Why the world needs edible bugs

Ant Egg Omelette
Ant Egg Omelette

If you’re browsing our website looking for edible insects, or even a little bug candy treat, then perhaps we don’t need to tell you all that’s good about eating nature’s littlest creations. Insects and bugs have been a delicacy across the world and very popular here in Thailand for very many years, but in Western countries there are few places you will find edible insects for sale.

But for the doubters amongst us, who aren’t sure about eating something new and different, then here’s why the world needs edible bugs and insects.

World hunger would be less imminent if we all ate bugs In fact, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN) have been researching ways to introduce edible insects in to Europe via livestock feed but also to encourage the uptake of eating bugs to Western country inhabitants. The UN wants Europeans to accept edible bugs as part of their diets as an alternative source of protein. (more…)