What is Entomophagy: 10 things you need to know

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets

Number 1: The definition of entomophagy is the practice of eating insects, especially by people.

Number 2: Eighty percent of the world already eats bugs. (Click here to find out what countries are consuming what types of insects) Entomophagy is more popular than you would have guessed. Some of the consumption is stemming from Western civilizations as well. People are consuming catepillars in France and Belgium, bee larvae in Germany, and crickets, flies and moths are being eaten all over. In Italy people prize the cazu marzu cheese, which is cheese made with live insect larvae.

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Number 3: Insects contain a tremendous amount of protein, iron, magnesium and other minerals that are essential to muscle building and recovery.

Number 4: Taste is often the most important component when it comes to the adoption of eating insects. But there’s more than just a taste barrier, there’s also an emotional barrier when it comes to eating a bug.

Number 5: It’s considered much easier to get western civilized countries to eat insect bars, or milled insects in powder form as opposed to whole insects.

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Number 6: This powder resembles the look of “cumin” with an earthy and nutty taste. (Click here to take a look at our Aketta cricket flour.)  

Number 7: This powder is often used as a partial flour substitute, a good proportion to keep in mind is ¼ of the flour needed for a recipe be substituted with cricket flour.

Number 8: You can include cricket flour in anything that uses regular flour. Popular recipes include protein packed cookies, brownies, muffins, bread as well as food that doesn’t need flour like smoothies and fruit bowls. (Click here to check out some awesome recipes!) 

 

Entomophagy: Better for the environment.

 Number 9: The insect farming process is much more productive than farming of other animals because it requires far less space (farmland) and water to produce similar levels of protein.

Number 10: The impact on the environment is also lessened because utilizing bugs as a source of protein produces far less greenhouse emissions than their other animal counterparts like cows, pigs and chickens.

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