Eating Insects Dangerous or Beneficial to Health

April 23, 2020 by No Comments

Has eating insects become a culinary fad? Fashionable or not, it is practically impossible to make all the insects disappear from vegetables, flours, chocolates, coffee …

How many insects do we eat without knowing it? It is calculated that we unconsciously ingest between 400 and 900 grams of insects per year.

The consumption of insects is inevitable since these pests contaminate many of our food.

Some eat insects on purpose, the rest we consume without realizing it or by accident.

According to the World Health Organization, eating insects is healthy and they are part of the diet of many populations.

These are some of the most consumed insects that have nutritional and medicinal properties:

  • Crickets
  • Beetles
  • Ants
  • Scorpions
  • Butterfly larvae

A few insect pests that are everywhere. For, I like the colors.

Some believe that the solution to the insect problem is to increase pesticides as a method of controlling pests in crops.

However, the truth is that it cannot be applied, because the food would no longer be suitable for human consumption.

Eating insects allowed by the FDA

The United States government agency responsible for food regulation allows a small number of insect fragments in many foods, considering it safe for human consumption.

Some studies have revealed that foods like chocolate, coffee, or tomatoes may contain traces of cockroaches or fly larvae. And it seems that the industry admits the presence of insects in food as normal.

A new food regulation came into effect on January 1, 2018, called “Novel Food”.

So now, we can find insects in Spanish supermarkets, a delicacy prized by many, and that can reach higher prices than meat.

This intake in our diet does not endanger our health. But, the FDA places specific limits on how many insects certain foods can contain.

This makes it essential that good pest control and HACCP management program be applied to determine the minimum conditions that food must meet.

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