Ready to Eat Insects: Caterpillars

Jennifer Grebow
Jennifer Grebow

Jennifer Grebow is the editor-in-chief of Nutritional Outlook, an award-winning media-content provider in the dietary supplement and natural products market. Nutritional Outlook, an MJH Life Sciences brand, provides insights and industry updates critical to manufacturers of dietary supplements, healthy foods, and nutritious beverages. Nutritional Outlook keeps industry abreast of current market trends, research updates, news, and regulatory developments. Nutritional Outlook goes beyond the 24-hour news cycle and provides in-depth analysis to help industry players navigate the challenges and changes in the near- and long-term. Nutritional Outlook is a brand of MJH Life Sciences, the largest privately held, independent, full-service medical media company in North America, dedicated to delivering trusted health care news across multiple channels.

The mainstream food industry is starting to consider entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs.

Mainly consumed in Central and Southern Africa, caterpillars are high in iron and zinc. Some argue that caterpillars are the tastiest insect. Research shows that some caterpillars, such as the mopane caterpillar, have a lower protein content when they are dry-roasted than when they are simply dried, according to Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security. (According to the authors, this difference may be due to water content.)

 

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Jennifer Grebow
Editor-in-Chief
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