Insect shop

Edible insects snacks land on the German food market. The crawlines points with a high protein content and more sustainable production as meat. Necklace food or healthy enrichment? Here you can find out what you need to know about grilled grasshopper and Co..
The most important facts shortly:
In Germany, edible insects are still solving more disgust than enjoyment. They score as meat with their high protein content and more environmentally friendly production.
While grilled beetles and chocolated grasshoppers are already gain and gain in many countries, there are only a few insect products in supermarkets and restaurants in this country.
In insect breeding, there is still a lack of knowledge and regulations - especially for the attitude, killing and approval of processing companies.
Insects for consumption on the plate

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Why eat insects?
Enormous variety: Which insects can I eat?
Where can I try edible insects?
How safe is it to eat insects?
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Eating insects - pay attention to allergies!
Which animal protection standards apply in insect breeding?
Other countries, other eating habits
Fried wasps instead of fries, worm burger instead of minced meat patties. Edible insects are considered promising innovation in the food industry. No miracle, because even if it sounds disgusting for many: the edible crawlines points not only with a lot of protein and a more sustainable production as meat.
Why eat insects?

Edible insects have been used for a long time in animal feeding to cover the protein requirement of livestock. But also for humans they offer some advantages:
Protein source with vitamin B: Therefore insects are healthy.
Edible insects are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and important minerals. Simple and polyunsaturated fatty acids can be found in all insects, and the crawling animals have a similar protein content such as beef, pig or turkey, freeze-dried but a significantly higher. The exact protein content varies depending on the type of insect.
But also the type of food can influence the nutrient composition of insects. Reliable data on vitamins and minerals are still very gaps. When considering the contents of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, the consumed quantity must be taken into account. The products currently available on the German market contain only small amounts of insects.

Insects are climate-friendly
Studies show that insects are climate-friendly than meat: they need less space and water than cattle, pigs or chickens and cause less greenhouse gas emissions. Critics see the required operating temperature for insect breeding as problematic. In Germany, the plants would have to be heated for several months.

Sustainable alternative to meat of farm animals
Also in terms of sustainability gains insects: Your share of consumption is significantly higher than 80 percent than, for example, in cattle (40 percent).
Enormous variety: Which insects can I eat?

In Germany, edible insects are still unusual and often associated with disgust. However, according to the Nutrition and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the crawling animals already serve two billion people worldwide as a food source. A market check of consumer centers published in October 2020 showed that there are hardly any insect products in stationary trade. Only 32 products could find the consumer guards, although the shelves of the most important retailers in Germany were systematically "combed".
The approximately 2000 edible insect types are mainly bugs, caterpillars, bees, wasps, ants, grasshoppers, barbecues and meal worms.
Mehlwabers: A special protein source for athletes

Mehlwabers: A special protein source for athletes.
The widespread meal worm has a special added value, especially for athletes. Because when meal worms are freeze-dried, the protein content rises from 18.7 percent to 50.9 percent. For comparison: Beef has 22.3 percent, pork and chicken 22.8 percent. For this reason, there are already some protein latches and powders on mealroom gas for athletes.
Nevertheless, the fewest athletes need this extraporation protein in the form of licks and the like.
Where can I try edible insects?