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 This article was written for Hi Europe and originally published on insights.ingredientsnetwork.com In the world of edible insects, we find the cochineal one of the few water-soluble red colorants to resist degradation with time. If we look at history, the aesthetic aspects of food were not a major consideration until relatively recently, and began to change fundamentally with the onset of the Industrial Revolution. (Today, for example, a Spanish paella rice dish would be unacceptable to any Spaniard without the saffron yellow coloring. My grandmother would send it back to the kitchen). From the early nineteenth century, a trend developed to add substances to food[...]
The following are 8 Fun Facts About Insects that we have collected for you in a lovely slide deck. Did you know that insects are an excellent source of high quality protein? They are! There are probably a lot of things that you didn’t know about insects and how they are paving the way for a more sustainable food-source in our future. Let us know if you have any to add!     8 Crunchy Facts About Insects – You Probably Didn’t Know   You need 22,000 Liters to produce 1 kilo of beef, and 1 Liter to produce 1[...]
This article was written for the #HiEurope trade show in Amsterdam and first published on the Ingredients Network.  While three quarters of the food industry and NGOs claim to be looking for solutions to solve the challenge of feeding the world’s growing population, two vital questions still go unanswered: How will corporate responsibility initiatives lead to finding solutions to the world food challenge? How prepared are we as citizens (and corporations) to take the steps necessary to reduce biodiversity devastation?   Is there no other way or viable food alternative? A small, mighty and much-overlooked source of protein has been buzzing around[...]
Edible Insects List – Which Insects Can You Eat?
There are over 900 thousand documented types of insects in the world, but of course not all of them are edible or readily available. Below is a list of the most common edible insects (or bugs if you prefer) and why you should be trying them. Even if you do not believe insects are for human consumption.   List of Common Edible Insects This is a small but useful list of the edible insects/bugs available as products at the moment. Crickets One of the insects leading the way in the edible insect movement is the cricket. They contain a reasonable amount[...]
Protein alternatives worm their way onto the dinner plate Demand is increasing for protein alternatives, source of ingredients and superfoods. Will traditional protein sources be replaced by a cheaper and more sustainable source such as insects? Insects are nutrient-rich and a great source of protein, and around two billion people worldwide already include insects as part of their diet. With the world population projected to grow to around 9 billion by 2050, it is essential to develop different protein sources. Over 1,000 species of edible insects currently exist, including water beetles, wasps and larvae.   Ana Christina Day, Founder &[...]
Insects as a Protein Alternative
Have you ever considered eating an insect, even just for fun? Maybe not. What are your alternative sources of protein then? Not meat, or even fish, but something like soy or beans or even eggs? If you are a vegetarian or vegan, this is a daily concern. And even if you are not, it’s good to eat something different once in a while, right? But some people don’t have this luxury, and in the not too distant future, you might not either. How about eating insects for protein then?   The Need for Alternative Protein Sources Do you know how[...]
Current State of Legislation For Insects As Food
Insects as an alternative source of food, or more specifically protein, is starting to become a very hot topic. Before I continue, I believe it’s important to note that more than 2 billion people worldwide already include insect in their daily diets. It’s North American and European cultures that haven’t embraced insects as a sustainable, responsible food source.  One area where the topic of entomophagy is taking hold is in the professional arena. Last year there was the first major conference: Insects to feed the world Conference, held between May 14-17, 2014: The first international conference on insects for food and feed brought over 450[...]
Insect Food Products Currently Available
In this post I am going to show you what insect food products are currently available online and sometimes even in the supermarkets! You may have heard about an insect food product on the internet or even on your supermarket shelves? Maybe you even saw a sign “edible insects for sale” somewhere! As the trend rapidly increases, more and more companies are putting products out there that contain insects. And in this post I want to show you the breadth and depth of products we have seen. The following will show you a list of food with insects. I have included such information[...]
Cricket Flour & Powder – The New Protein Powder?
Cricket protein is fast becoming one of the hottest items on the “insects as food” train. The reasons for this are perhaps many, like the nutritional and environmental benefits and the ease with which you can produce powder and flour from it. So in this blog post I thought we should take a deeper look at why cricket based products are something you should have on your insect radar  too.   Nutritional Benefits of Cricket Powder [toc]You might be asking yourself: why cricket powder? or what are the benefits of such foods? After all, you probably have your favorite protein[...]