Eating insects – our meals of the future

Eating insects – our meals of the future

Plenty of countries eat insects and they love them too. Even if it might not be your idea of fine fare, if food resources become as squeezed as they say they will, this will be the dish of the future.

They are crunchy, often small and not the most tempting for a lot of people, yet insects are the food of the future. Packed with protein and minerals and extremely low in fat, there is actually no real good reason why we should not be eating them.

After all, we can stomach cheese with mould on it, fermented goods and sometimes, overripe fruit. Why do we have such a mental block then about insects in our part of the world? In other continents they have been crunching on insects for generations and have no intention of stopping. Bearing in mind the obesity issues many countries face today, there is a lot to be said for a low-fat, nutrient packed food.

According to National Geographic, the UN recently released a report recommending insect eating. The report reminds us that there are more than 1,900 edible insect species on Earth, hundreds of which are already part of the diet in many countries. It’s amazing how much goodness these tiny creatures have too. One might think such a small thing wouldn’t have a lot to offer in terms of a balanced diet, but the figures say otherwise. 

Mealworms, the larval form of a species of darkling that lives in temperate regions worldwide, has protein, vitamins, and minerals on par with those found in fish and meat. Small grasshoppers rank up there with lean ground beef in protein content, with less fat per gram. Aside from the value to our diet, insects have great benefits for our planet too, using a fraction of the resources that activities like beef farming do.

True foodies take note, if you want to be ahead of the pack when it comes to culinary trends, it might be time to re-think our winged friends.

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