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Would you eat insects as part of your daily diet?

Believe it or not, sustainable proteins in the future will be sourced from insects. Jennifer Elgumati 
dishes up and investigates
Would you eat insects as part of your daily diet?
March 8, 2017   |    Jennifer Elgumati

CRUNCHY

It won’t be long before you switch from hamburgers to cricket burgers. Ketchup, anyone?

TASTE TEST

As London’s dining scene becomes infested with bugs, visit Eat Grub to keep updated with what’s going on near you.

NUTS ABOUT BUGS

Insects have long been a part of the human diet and, once you get over the initial yuck factor, they don’t taste bad at all, with a nutty flavour similar to almonds – and dead crunchy! Al Overton, head of buying at Planet Organic, says: ‘80% of the world currently eats insects as part of their regular diet. Maybe we’re the weird ones?

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Mealworms are packed with amino acids, which are responsible for building lean body tissue, maintaining metabolic fuel and producing melanin, the pigment for hair and skin. You can snack on Grub Mealworms (£7.80, Planet Organic) for a protein boost, or try oven roasting them in soy sauce, wrapped in tin foil, for a crisp and delicious finish.

THE ANSWER TO WORLD HUNGER

The world’s population is expected to grow to more than nine billion by 2050. As the demand for food increases, so too will our already dwindling resources. With nearly one billion chronically hungry people worldwide, the UN has endorsed entomophagy (the eating of insects) as a sustainable, nutritious food source. And unlike cattle, insects can eat food considered to be waste, such as food scraps and animal manure, and it doesn’t affect their nutritional value.

HEALTHY PROTEIN SNACKS

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1. Crobar, 40g, £2.50

If you can’t handle munching a whole cricket, try these energy bars made using cricket flour, with 7.6g protein per bar. They taste like peanut butter and are packed with iron.

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2. Chiamp Bar, 50g, £1.99

These raw bars provide 10g of plant protein from sprouted chia, brown rice and pea protein. The Almond Butter & Chocolate Chip bar is our fave!

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3. Jimini’s Greek Spices Grasshoppers, 10g, £6.7

Whole-dried and seasoned with oregano, thyme, pepper and paprika, these grasshoppers have around 4.9g of protein in each box.

Read more: 10 healthy afternoon snacks (that don’t include insects)

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