Workplace benefits can be a bit unusual when you work at Rentokil Initial, today we are having a taste test of some edible insects. Not everyone’s cup of tea perhaps, but Entomophagy (eating edible insects) already supplements the diet of over 2 billion people worldwide, according to a report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.
Here are some fun facts about Edible Insects.
- The official term for ‘eating insects’ is Entomophagy
- Insects are high in protein, B vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc, and are low in fat
- Just 100g of grasshopper can carry 20.6g of protein, 35.3mg of calcium and 5mg of iron
- 100g of cricket contains just 121 calories, compared to 288 calories for the same amount of beef
- More than 1,900 insect species have reportedly been used as food
- Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly. They have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint
- Globally the most consumed insects are beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps and ants
- Farming and harvesting insects takes very little water and energy compared to livestock, grains and vegetables
- Insects can be an important food supplement for undernourished children
- Common house crickets contain four times as much protein as the same weight of chicken
So if you are wanting to start Spring 2018 on a health kick, perhaps combining a exercise routine with a high protein diet which is also low in calorie, then look no further than edible insects.
Perhaps give the 5:2 diet a miss for a while and instead sprinkle some Chapulines (chilli flavoured of course!) over your pizza with some fresh basil. Maybe replace your Walkers crisps with Salt and Vinegar flavoured crickets or perhaps add some BBQ flavoured mealworms to your sandwich this afternoon. We may be the experts in Pest Control, but we’re also willing to taste test these tasty treats as part of our commitment to looking at sustainable food options.