argylesock says… Insects have great potential as food and feed. Here’s a summary of how that can happen, is already happening, and will happen more.
Insects can be appreciated and investigated from many points of view. Interest in insects as a future food source is high because human population increases will require more production and new sources of food. Nutritionists are interested in insects as food value and bring a reductionist approach. Rumpold & Schlüter* have published a review of the nutritional compositions of 236 edible insect species. Their compilation allows for comparison of nutritional quality that can inform decisions on what insects are the best sources of energy, protein, minerals and vitamins. The animal and human diets of the future may contain blends of insect derived nutrients.
Rumpold & Schlüter found wide variation in nutrient content but were able to make some generalizations. Most insects store energy as fat, not carbohydrate and use proteins for a variety of structural and metabolic functions. The energy content is primarily from proteins and lipids. Lipids and…
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