Entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, is a growing nutrition trend in the US but is more common internationally. Registered dietitian Jessica Jones said insects have a high protein content and RD Tessa Nguyen said insects are seen as an environmentally friendly protein source. According to a report by Global Market Insights, the world edible insect market will exceed $710 million by 2024. According to the FAO, insects are reported to emit fewer greenhouse gases and less ammonia than cattle or pigs. They also reportedly need a lot less land and water.
Lightbulb Moment: Hoorah for Entomophagy, still alive and kicking so to speak. As a trend it ticks all the right boxes – high in protein, low in fat, sustainable. And if you use in flour format, you avoid getting little legs stuck between your teeth. One of the best possible allies you can have for a trend is an RD, let that soak in.