The experts have found a plentiful supply of food that’s low in fat as well as rich in protein and calcium.
However, it’s bad news for people who are squeamish, as the food resource is creepy crawlies.
After the Sundays Times reported that nutrition experts in Brussels recommended that bugs could be a vital source of nutrition, the European Union (EU) thinks insects should start appearing on menus.
The European Commission has now offered £2.5million into a project to encourage people to eat insects, so you could start seeing cricket casserole or scorpion soup as choices in restaurants near you.
The eating of insects is also known as entomophagy and the EU has asked the UK Food Standards Agency to investigate and potentially look at ways to make it more of a popular choice of food.
According to one study, grasshoppers only have 6% fat and offer 20% protein, compared to ground lean beef which has 18% fat and can offer 24% protein.
The research organisation that has the best proposal for investigating ‘insects as novel sources of proteins’ will be awarded money by the European Commission.
The European Commission has advised that the organisation will have to research safety, quality, what sort of proteins the insects offer and any potential allergies.
A team at Wageningen University, in Holland, who will be lead by Professor Marcel Dicke, is applying for the grant.
Dicke suggested to the Sunday Times that “By 2020 you will be buying insects in supermarkets.
“We have already seen the introduction of eggplants, sushi, things people never ate here. I think it will start with ground-up insects in sauces and burgers.”
Because of the soaring costs of running restaurants, finding cheap restaurant insurance, hiring staff and the rising cost of supplying red meat, eating the alternative of silkworm moth larvae could be a solution to the problem.
As the population grows rapidly, the more traditional sources of protein such as beef are soaring in price as they can be costly to feed.
Compared to beef, the alternative of eating insects are viewed as more environmentally friendly as they emit fewer greenhouse gasses than cattle and require less feed.
If you are interested in tasting insects, Selfridges and Fortnum and Mason have started stocking insects in their stores.
We have to admit that at QuoteSearcher, the thought of eating insects make our mouth water, but not in a good way.
What interesting insects have you tried before?