Ready to Eat Insects: Crickets and Grasshoppers

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.

“Crickets are very good candidates because they are easy to rear,” van Huis says. “Of course, they jump, which makes it a bit more difficult.”

Crickets are especially popular in Asia and offer a good amino acid profile. According to TIME Magazine, “The protein content in grasshoppers comes pretty close to that of a similar-sized serving of chicken breast, but with a bit more fat.”

 

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Jennifer Grebow
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