ONE meat alternative that we haven’t talked about might gross you out a bit, but could become a big part of our diets in the future – insects!
It’s estimated that two billion people around the world eat insects and that 1,900 species have been used as food at some point.
Scorpions and spiders are very popular snacks (although technically they’re not insects, as they have eight legs, not six)
We spoke to Dr Tilly Collins, an expert at Imperial College London who studies creepy-crawly cuisine.
Are some insects better than others?
We’re still learning about that. Crickets are looking really excellent on all fronts. They’re low in saturated fats, rich in protein, low in carbohydrates, low in sugar, so insects are excellent all-round. And they’re not only excellent for us, but as dog food, cat food and fish food, and even for chicken food. They’re really excellent and much closer to their natural diet.
Are there any negatives to eating insects?
The only negatives are that we haven’t got enough information on some of them, and also overcoming the yuk factor.
Have you tried many yourself?
Oh yes, I’ve eaten quite a lot. I’m quite happy to eat insects! I just object when bits get stuck between my teeth, so I’m all for grinding them up.
Do you have a favourite that you’ve munched on?
Mealworms are my favourite. Especially fried up with garlic and a bit of soy sauce!
What do you think? Could you munch on insects to save the planet?