Locusta (grasshopper), Tenebrio (mealworm), Acheta (cricket) and many other delicious insects are regularly consumed by more than 2 billion people, already today – for excellent reasons.

Here you find a list of the main advantages of entomophagy (eating insects).

Simply delicious

Super nutritious

Good for the planet

Simply delicious

Insects offer a wide range of tastes, for example:

Ants=Citrus fruits

Mealworm=Hazelnut

Grasshopper=Chicken

Cricket=Popcorn

Ants are often associated with lemon, while Locusta (grasshoppers) remind people of chicken. But those who are more experienced with entomophagy say: “Crickets taste like crickets”. Anyway, its best, if you find out yourself how you like them.

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Different insect species are eaten around the world
Source: Yde Jongma, 2015

People enjoy insects on a regular basis
Source: FAO

Many cultures appreciate insects as a delicacy due to their great taste.

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Several top restaurant in Europe (like Noma in Copenhagen) are cooking with insects.

Burger, Skewers & Co.

More and more people in Switzerland discover the delicious protein source. Numerous restaurants invite you to get to know the delicious world of insects with Locusta skewers and Tenebrio burger.

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You prefer to prepare your own food? You can find our recommendations for cooking here

Health

Super nutritious

Vitamins

Insects contain valuable vitamins, like A, B and B12.

Source: Williams, J. P., Williams, J. R., Kirabo, A., Chester, D., & Peterson, M. (2016)

Protein

Insects contain protein, comparable to fish and meat in quality as well as quantity.

Source: Rumpold, B. A., & Schlüter, O. K. (2013).

Unsaturated fatty acids

Insects contain unsaturated fatty acids similar to fish, avocado and nuts.

Source: Williams, J. P., Williams, J. R., Kirabo, A., Chester, D., & Peterson, M. (2016).

Minerals

Insects are rich in iron, zinc, potassium and calcium

Source: Williams, J. P., Williams, J. R., Kirabo, A., Chester, D., & Peterson, M. (2016)

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Insects supply you with valuable proteins, minerals and a lot of energy! We developed a power package, which keeps your energy level up. Go for it!

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Planet

Good for the planet

Environmental Impact

Mealworms produce less greenhouse gases in comparison with other animal proteins. This is measured in kg CO2-equivalent per kg edible protein.

The y-axis has the unit kg CO2-equivalent per kg edible protein.

Source: Oonincx DGAB, de Boer IJM (2012) Environmental Impact of the Production of Mealworms as a Protein Source for Humans – A Life Cycle Assessment.

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  • Milk
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Beef

Insects have a low resource consumption

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Insects

Water consumption

Multiple times smaller

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Insects

Feed

10× smaller consumption

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Insects

Consumable Part

80% of the insect is consumable (40% for beef)

Source: van Huis, A., & Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Eds.). (2013).


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