How healthy are insects? This is a highly relevant question in view of the global interest in the potential of insects as a sustainable food source in food systems and diets. Edible insects, like other foods, can provide nutrients and dietary energy to meet the requirements of the human body as a part of a varied diet.
They also have the potential to provide bioactive compounds that have health benefits beyond simple nutritional values, as is the case for other food groups such as fruits and vegetables.
Various recent studies have indicated such bioactivity in different insect species. The enormous number of edible insect species may be a source of novel bioactive compounds with health benefits addressing global health challenges. However, any identified health benefits need to be confirmed in human studies or in standardised assays accepted in health research prior to making health claims.
N. Roos: Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Rolighedsvej 26, 1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark;
A. van Huis: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, P.O. Box 16, 6700 AA Wageningen, the Netherlands; firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Valley Breakfast Session: Food & Proteins – Insects in Food, 6 June 2018
Food Valley is organizing a number of Breakfast Sessions in 2018 for industry professionals, in order to facilitate informal networking opportunities with peers in the industry and as a method of showcasing the knowledge and expertise of the network of Food Valley in Wageningen. On June 6th the third Breakfast Session of this series in 2018 will take place with experts on insects in food, including Arnold van Huis.