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CRUNCH is served

Insect burgers may sound like an eccentric chef’s concoction, but they could soon be crawling on to our plates. British Nutrition Foundation dietitian Melanie Hargreaves looks at the rise of the bug diet

Insect protein

ALTHOUGH WE EAT HONEY produced by bees and use cochineal extract from beetles as a natural food colouring, most people in the West would baulk at the idea of crunching on the insect itself. Yet for approximately a quarter of the world’s population, eating insects (entomophagy) is no big deal, dating back as far as the royal banquets of the Middle East in 8th-century BC. Indeed, around 2,000 edible species are known to exist.

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