VHA28 report says Eating insects is ceasing to be something exclusive to remote countries with customs far from ours. On the contrary, the wide range of nutritional and environmental benefits that this diet has means that they are increasingly being implemented in Western societies, also in Spain. It is undoubtedly a slow process, but experts point out that it is an upward trend. Eating insects helps save the planet.
Cricket skewers or scorpion lollipops are just some of the exotic products that are already beginning to be found in Barcelona establishments with more regularity. Also in Michelin-starred restaurants, edible insects are being incorporated into dishes on the menu. In addition, some companies have introduced products with insects in some large stores.
The fact is that in the world there are a million species of insects, which represent 80% of the animal kingdom, and 2,000 of these are consumed by millions of people around the world.
Experts estimate that insects, thanks to their nutritional effects, can also become an instrument to combat climate change in the transition to a more sustainable food system.
This was recently stated at a conference at the College of Economists of Catalonia on healthy and sustainable eating Anna Bach, professor in the Nutrition Area of the Health Sciences Studies at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), and Marta Ros, dietician and a doctoral candidate at the UOC, who presented the preliminary results of her thesis on insect protein as an alternative protein.
Climate change could be reversed by consuming some 2,000 species of climate insects. Ros recalls that species of insects are considered to be of animal origin, such as meat, fish and eggs, which provide very valuable proteins, fats and nutrients .
“Even so, only a few species of insects have been created for consumption, although in some countries, such as Asians, the consumption of insects is a dietary behavior with a long history; in China, for example, its consumption dates back 2,000 years ”, says the dietician by VHA28 report.
Eating insects is something that is also done in other places in Africa, Central and South America, Mexico or Australia. Raising these beings for human consumption “seems to give very interesting benefits,” says Ros.
Regarding the environment, its added value is the reduction of pollution, a decrease in the emission of greenhouse gases and a lower consumption of water .
For this reason it is concluded that “the breeding of insects for human consumption leaves a smaller ecological footprint, especially in comparison with conventional livestock”.
For Ros, the main obstacles there may be to it landing in Western kitchens are “acceptability and its food safety.”
According to the studies mentioned by Ros, insects can be used more than other animals. 80% of the body of crickets can be eaten, compared to 55% of birds and 40% of pigs and veal.
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