Why eating insects is good for you

Do cockroaches not tickle your tastebuds?

While insects like crickets and locusts can be pests, they can also be a source of sustainable food.

In 2015, pest control company Rentokil introduced the 'Pestaurant' concept in South Africa to help educate people around the health benefits of an insect-rich diet.

Entomophagy (the eating of insects) is a diet enjoyed by at least 2 millions across the globe, showing just how delicious eating insects can be.

Rentokil category manager Nathalie Leblond says the company is trying to change the negative perception around the consumption insects.

Leblond says most insects need to be produced specifically for human consumption and can be rather tasty.

Insects can be served dry roasted or used as an ingredient in treats such as lollies, brownies and crackers or in different flavours, she explains.

Meanwhile, insect scientist Dr Saliou Niassy says entomophagy is more common in Africa than anywhere else in the world.

These insects that we are overlooking are rich in protein and we can use them either as food or feed.

Dr Saliou Niassy, Project Manager at University of Pretoria's PostGrad School of Agriculture and Rural Development

Dr Niassy explains that the ability to mass produce insects is a more sustainable way in which to lower the carbon footprint than traditional forms of protein.

He also advises that indigenous languages and African practices have involved the consumption of insects using different names and terms over centuries.

Leblond and Dr Niassy discussed the nutritional benefits of different insects:


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