Pros & Cons Of Eating Insects & Bugs (Benefits & Disadvantages)

In the guide below, we list and discuss some of the potential pros and cons of eating insects and bugs.

 

Summary – Potential Pros & Cons Of Eating Insects & Bugs

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Potential Pros Of Eating Insects & Bugs

There’s Different Types Of Edible Insects 

Such as crickets, worms, beetles, grasshoppers, and more

 

Can Be Eaten Unprocessed, Or Processed & Used In Different Food Products

If insects are prepared safely, they can be cooked whole/unprocessed, with frying and grilling being examples of cooking methods.

But, they can also be processed, and then used in different insect food products, such as in burger patties, pasta, snacks, flour, insect protein powder (such as cricket protein powder), and other food products

 

Is Another Source Of Protein, In Addition To Animal & Plant Protein

Insect protein is another source of protein, in addition to protein from animal meat, and plant protein

Some reports, such as the one from weforum.org, may indicate that although insect protein is different in various ways to both meat protein and plant protein, the nutritional difference between each type of protein might be relatively small

Specific types of insects might be more protein and calorie dense than others too, which means that proteins from different insects may have different nutrient profiles

 

May Have Several Sustainability & Environmental Benefits

Some of the potential sustainability and environmental benefits of farming and eating insects might include:

– Reducing The Carbon Footprint Of Agriculture

The carbon footprint of insects may be lower in some instances than livestock agriculture

 

– Reducing Deforestation Resulting From Land Conversion For Agriculture

In some regions, conversion of forests into agricultural land may involve clearing forest area and trees

Insect farming may reduce the rate at which this happens

 

– Using Land More Efficiently For Agriculture

In instances where insect farming produces more food or nutrition per square area of land than livestock farming, insect farming may use land more efficiently

 

– Converting Agricultural Inputs & Feed Into To Protein More Efficiently

Some reports indicate that some types of insects may convert feed into protein more efficiently than some livestock

 

Insects Might Be Used In Other Products Too (Other Than Food Products)

The uses for farmed insects might not only be limited to human food.

Other potential uses might include using insects as animal feed, in pet food, and also as fats in other products like oils and even some cosmetics.

 

Potential Cons Of Eating Insects & Bugs

There May Be Nutritional Issues & Tradeoffs With Insects To Consider

Potential nutritional issues and tradeoffs with insects might include:

– Differences In The Protein In Insects, & The Protein In Animal & Plant Protein

There can be differences in the protein profiles, the amount of protein (in weight), and other aspects of insect protein compared to animal and plant proteins

 

– There May Be Anti Nutrients In Some Insects

Some reports indicate that insects may contain some anti nutrients

 

Not Everyone Likes The Taste

The taste of insects and bugs may be different for everyone

Some people may simply have a preference for the taste of other foods containing protein, such as animal meat or plant based foods

Other people may outright not like taste of insects

 

There Isn’t A Wide Cultural Openness Or Acceptance Of Eating Insects & Bugs In Some Countries

Some countries have little openness or acceptance to eating insect and bug protein based foods, with animal products and plants based products being much more widely consumed.

 

 

Sources

1. https://time.com/5942290/eat-insects-save-planet/

2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/01/09/would-you-toss-roasted-insects-into-your-meal-this-health-app-is-betting-yes/

3. https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/may/08/if-we-want-to-save-the-planet-the-future-of-food-is-insects

4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insects_as_food

5. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/02/how-insects-positively-impact-climate-change/

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