2021
DOI: 10.3389/fnut.2021.687712
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Benefits and Challenges in the Incorporation of Insects in Food Products

Abstract: Edible insects are being accepted by a growing number of consumers in recent years not only as a snack but also as a side dish or an ingredient to produce other foods. Most of the edible insects belong to one of these groups of insects such as caterpillars, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, bees, and ants. Insect properties are analyzed and reported in the articles reviewed here, and one common feature is nutrimental content, which is one of the most important characteristics mentione… Show more

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“…Around 2,000 edible insect species have been identified worldwide. They have been collected from the wild including from Africa, East Asia, and South America, and are used in traditional diets ( 37 ). Beetles (31%), caterpillars (18%), ants, wasps, and bees (14%), cricket, locusts, and grasshoppers (Orthoptera) (13%), planthoppers, cicadas, scale insects, true bugs (Hemiptera), and leafhoppers (10%), termites (Isoptera) (3%), dragonflies (Odonata) (3%); flies (Diptera) (2%); and other orders (5%) are the most commonly consumed species globally ( 85 ).…”
Section: Consumer Acceptance Of Emerging Food Trendsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Around 2,000 edible insect species have been identified worldwide. They have been collected from the wild including from Africa, East Asia, and South America, and are used in traditional diets ( 37 ). Beetles (31%), caterpillars (18%), ants, wasps, and bees (14%), cricket, locusts, and grasshoppers (Orthoptera) (13%), planthoppers, cicadas, scale insects, true bugs (Hemiptera), and leafhoppers (10%), termites (Isoptera) (3%), dragonflies (Odonata) (3%); flies (Diptera) (2%); and other orders (5%) are the most commonly consumed species globally ( 85 ).…”
Section: Consumer Acceptance Of Emerging Food Trendsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…However, the tendency of consumers to eat insect flour as an ingredient in Western food preparations (such as cereal snacks, breads, wheat pasta, and meat formulations) is greater than for whole insects [30].…”
Section: Edible Insects As a Sustainable And Healthy Foodmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…It is estimated that the number of edible species of insects is around 2000 worldwide [ 1 ]. Despite the benefits of consuming edible insects, the acceptance of insects as food has been influenced by several factors, such as sensory properties, social environment, personal beliefs, and risks, among others [ 1 , 2 , 3 ]. In addition, there is an increasing number of articles about edible insects regarding their farming, processing, or nutritional content not only from countries where insects are commonly eaten like African, Asian, and some Latin American countries but importantly from countries where they are seen as exotic foods, such as Germany and the Netherlands [ 4 , 5 ].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%