Eating insects is becoming a more popular trend in the world of food habits. The consumption of insects is not new and has been seen throughout history in different cultures as a healthy protein source and sustainable food. But now, it is becoming more mainstream and people are seeing the benefits of eating insects.
1-What’s So Good About Eating Insects?
Insects are an abundant source of protein with all essential amino acids. They also contain minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids that can help reduce inflammation in the body. In addition to these benefits, insects are sustainable because they don’t require much feed or water to grow as compared to other livestock animals like cows or pigs.
The health benefits of eating insects make them a desirable alternative for people who want to live healthier lives while being environmentally conscious about their diet choices. They are nutritious, sustainable and taste good. Insects can be a tasty addition to any meal. They also produce fewer greenhouse gases, so they’re better for the environment than cows or pigs. And they contain more protein than beef or chicken.
2-Eating insects to fight against food scarcity
Insects could become prime food security helpers because of the nutrients they carry. Humans can eat about 1900 different species of insects. The most popular edible insects are:
It is predicted that there will be at least 9 billion humans on earth. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), we will have to double food production by then. Providing enough protein sources for all these people will be a real challenge. That’s where insects can become a lifesaver.
3-Eating Insects – A New Era in Western Food Habits
According to the FAO, insect consumption in the world affects nearly 2.5 billion people. Mostly in Asia, Africa and Latin America, where eating insects is part of a normal diet (FAO, 2004). In China, for instance, eating insects is not only a common practice but also a symbol of wealth. In the west on the other hand, many people still think of it as a bizarre thing.
However, it is a new era in Western food habits. In the past few years, eating insects has become a trend in Western countries. The trend is not just limited to having insects as an appetizer, but it also includes insect-based dishes and desserts.
This new era of food habits has been driven by two factors: the environment and health. Eating insects as a protein source can help reduce the carbon footprint left by livestock farming. Insects are also high in protein and low in fat, which makes them an attractive option for people who want to maintain their weight or lose weight…
4-Eating insects – A world huge business on the horizon
The habit of eating insects is also creating (has also created) a great business that could become huge at the scale of the world.
Let’s take a peek at what is happening in Japan. Insects eating or insects business in a whole, are very trendy in Japan. According to an article in the DW, insects are used as food and also for cosmetic products. In China, cockroaches are bred for their meat.
According to a report by US-based Global Market Insights, the edible insect market is projected to soar from $55m in 2017 to roughly $710m by 2024.