Future foods(part-1)

Many of the Indians think eating insects is a worst thing, but it actually helps humans for sustainability and fight against overgrazing, land degradation,etc. According to John Coupland, PhD, CFS, Professor of Food Science at Penn State University and member for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), insects are a sustainable alternative protein source with nutritional benefits that can’t be ignored.

  • High in protein—A cricket is 65 percent protein whereas beef is about 50 percent.
  • High in other nutrients—Insect protein contains a good range of amino acids and they also contain vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  • Low in fat—Many insect species have less than 5 grams of fat per serving.
  • Good for the environment—Insect farming can be a more sustainable practice because insects don’t need much space, can live under all sorts of conditions and easy to feed.
  • Can be eaten a variety of ways—Insects can be pan-fried, boiled, sautéed, roasted, or baked with a bit of oil and salt. They can also be made into flour and used for bars, breads, crackers, and cookies.
  • Abundant—Some parts of the world have over 300 species of insects. Something for everyone!
  • Taste great—People describe the taste of insects as nutty with a similar flavor to shrimp and chicken. Grasshoppers, ant eggs, and wasps are considered a delicacy in several countries.
  • Edible- while beef is only edible upto 60% of the body, where as insects full body is edible and can be eaten fully.
  • Entomophagy

  • Entomophagy is the name for eating insects
  • Most insects are 100% edible, compared with about 40% of a cow
  • Mealworms produce only between 1% and 10% of the greenhouse gas per kilogram produced by pigs
  • Many insects are high in calcium, zinc, iron and protein
  • Beetles make up 40% of all recorded edible insect species

Insects taste like:

Visit https://www.thisisinsider.com/bugs-you-can-eat-2018-10

Cooking recipes:

Visit https://www.crunchycritters.com/edible-insect-recipes/

Get to know about startups of insect foods around the world in he next section ” future foods – part 2″.


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