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Jan 15, 2016 @ 8:11

Insect based salad dressing, anyone?

Insect dressing, anyone?

A Netherlands based researcher from the University of Wageningen is offering a healthy alternative to regular salad dressing but it may seem extreme for some.

According to Daylan Tzompa-Sosa, insects like mealworms, beetle larvae, crickets, cockroaches and grasshoppers can be blended and reduced to oil and used as a unique salad dressing rich in Omega-3.

“This is an oil already, this is a kind of virgin oil, so I can use now this to make a… I can use now this to make dressing for salad, or I can use this to fry something now,” she said in a Reuters.

The researcher said that this process is environmentally friendly and hygrienic since the insects will be feeding on organic waste.

“Most insects have a pleasant smell or a neutral smell, so that will not be a problem, however there is one, that is the cockroach, that smells very bad, it smells very bad even when you are processing the animal,” she said
She added that this will be the first time that insects will be considered a source of vitamins as crickets are already being turned into powder to become organic sources of protein.

Besides, these insects may just be the alternative source of Omega-3 that the world needs to address calls by environmental groups of oceans being depleted due to overfishing. Fish is considered the primary source of Omega-3 among food groups.


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