Is it healthy to eat insects?

Insects as food - healthy and tasty?

Status: 07/26/2019 3:32 p.m. | archive
Disgusting or tasty and healthy? In many parts of the world, insects are considered a specialty.

In many countries around the world, especially in countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, insects are an important part of human nutrition and even a high-priced specialty. Most Central Europeans still feel disgusted at the thought of eating insects. A new European "Novel Food" regulation makes it possible for the crawling animals to end up on our plates. Some restaurants already offer them, for example as insect burgers, grasshoppers on skewers, maggot chocolate or mealworm energy bars.

Insects are good sources of nutrients

Insects contain high quality protein, a high proportion of unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc. So they are good sources of nutrients, nutritious and healthy. Insects don't have to shy away from comparison with meat. Dried locusts contain just as much protein as chicken meat. And the high-quality amino acid composition of the insect protein is particularly interesting for athletes, for example, as a supplement to the diet or as an alternative to meat.

Beware of allergies

Allergy sufferers should be careful when consuming insects. Anyone who is allergic to shrimp also reacts to mealworms.

Proper preparation is important

Experts warn that insects should not be eaten raw, as dangerous parasites and bacteria can then be transmitted. The insects need to be cooked through properly.

Hygienic production conditions?

Insects are seen as the food source of the future, but there is also criticism of the approval of the new foods. The consumer advice center complains that the hygienic conditions in the production are not yetare regulated. The insects' intestines are also not removed before eating. It is unclear what the microbes in it do in humans, whether the feces contain pathogens and whether the animals are contaminated with chemical pollutants. So far, the insects that end up on our plates have been sourced from Holland and Belgium. These insect farms guarantee that the animals are bred under controlled hygienic conditions, receive good feed and are processed accordingly hygienically.

Experts on the subject

Folke Dammann, insect specialist
Snack insects
Heath block 6
21514 Witzeeze

Dr. Sibylla Chantraine, specialist in dermatology and allergology
Spectrum building on the UKE site, house W 20
Martinistrasse 64
20251 Hamburg
(040) 46 85 838-0

Dr. Matthias Riedl, internist, diabetologist, nutritionist
Diabetes Center Berliner Tor
medicum Hamburg MVZ GmbH
At the straw house 2
20097 Hamburg
(040) 80 79 79-0

Silke Schwartau, nutrition expert
Hamburg consumer center
Kirchenallee 22
20099 Hamburg
(040) 24 83 2-240

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