Ready to Eat Insects: Crickets and Grasshoppers

October 2, 2014

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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