Eating insects: overcoming fears and prejudices for a sustainable choiceHashtag: #NovelFood.
Introduction: In the Kinsect blog, we decided to tackle a topic that arouses a lot of curiosity and discussion: eating insects. In this article, we take the most common questions and dispel some myths, providing clear and objective information on the subject. We will find out whether it is true that we eat insects, whether we do so without our knowledge, whether they are good for us and whether they are really sustainable. It is time to get informed and normalise eating insects.
Eating insects: a free and regulated choice
Truth about eating insects: common fears and curiosities
Edible insects: reality and perspectives
Health and nutritional benefits of insects
Sustainability of insect farming
Economic considerations and future prospects
Ethics in insect farming
Personal experiences and variety of tastes
Is it true that we will eat insects? Will we do so without our knowledge? Are they good for us and are they really sustainable? These are questions that often come up when talking about eating insects. In this article, we will try to provide concrete answers to inform and normalise the idea of eating insects as food.
Misinformation on this topic is widespread, often fuelled by sensationalist headlines in newspapers that seem more aimed at creating fear than disseminating correct information. For example, headlines such as "What happens when you eat only insects for a week?" can lead to misunderstandings and unfounded prejudices. The reality is that eating insects does not cause any strange transformations in our bodies, but at most may result in an excess of protein and an increased economic cost.
It is important to dispel the widespread fear about eating insects. On the one hand, there are those who fear that we will suddenly become obliged to eat food with disgusting worms and cockroaches, while on the other hand, some overstate claims that insects will be the food of the future that will solve climate change problems.
But what do Google searches and search trends say? Are people really as scared as they seem? Actually, online searches show that many people wonder whether eating insects is bad for them, whether they are expensive, and where they can find them in Italy. Therefore, let's try to answer these common questions and explore the topic further.
Is it true that we will eat insects? As of 2021, the European Commission has authorised the marketing of insect-based food products. This means that we will soon be able to find insects on supermarket shelves. However, it is important to emphasise that eating insects is a personal choice and not an imposition. Eating insects is a new food category for Europeans, which requires an authorisation procedure to ensure consumer safety.
The consumption of insects is not a new idea in the world. Currently, around 2.5 billion people in the world regularly eat insects. Thanks to globalisation, gastronomic traditions spread from one nation to another, as happened with tomatoes, maize and quinoa in the past. Therefore, it is important to be able to distinguish between food neophobia, which is the resistance to try new or unknown foods, and entomophobia, which is the fear of insects. These fears are not shared by everyone and should not be used to judge those who already consume insects or are willing to try them.
Another common concern is the possibility of consuming insects without our knowledge. In Europe, regulations require insects to be clearly indicated in the ingredients if present in a food product. So, if we are allergic or simply do not want to consume insects, we can always carefully check the food label.
Now, on to the nutritional benefits of insects. Insects are a rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Some insect species contain more protein than traditional meat, while they are low in fat and cholesterol. Moreover, insects are easily digestible and can contribute to a healthy, balanced diet.
From an environmental point of view, insects offer a number of advantages. Insect farming requires fewer resources than conventional livestock farming, such as cattle. Insects have a high conversion efficiency, which means that they convert food energy into protein with less environmental impact. In addition, they can be fed with food waste or crops unfit for human consumption, thus helping to reduce food waste.
Despite these advantages, it is also important to assess the ethical aspects of insect farming. There are animal welfare regulations that also apply to insects. However, ethical insect farming still presents some specific challenges, such as ensuring that they do not suffer and that they are treated with respect. Research in this field is still ongoing, but it is important that insect farming follows the principles of good practice and ethics.
Finally, we cannot ignore economic considerations and future prospects. Currently, insect food products can be expensive, but it is expected that with growing demand and increased production, prices will decrease over time. Moreover, insects can be used not only as food but also to produce protein meals and oils that can find applications in various sectors.
In conclusion, eating insects is a food choice that is gradually becoming more accessible. It is important to overcome fears and prejudices in order to make an informed assessment of this sustainable option. Insects offer nutritional benefits, are environmentally friendly and can contribute to a more sustainable food future. In the http://www-kinsect.eu blog, we will continue to explore this fascinating topic, offering insights to embrace a more open perspective on our future diet. Let us remember that culinary diversity enriches our experience and offers us new opportunities to discover unique flavours.