University student creates cookery kit to cook insects

University student creates cookery kit to cook insects

AnEdinburgh student has developed a cookery kit in order to encourage people to eat insects, which is a part of a meal in many parts of the world.

Experts pointed out that beetles, caterpillars and grasshoppers are a part of staple food in several nations across the world. They said that some of these insects are low in fat and calories and have as much protein as beef but have not made to the dinner tables in the western world.

Courtney Yule, a student in the Edinburgh Napier University, has designed a "starter kit" for turning them into a meal.Yule is 22 year old and is in the final year of a product design course. She was inspired by studies identifying entomophagy as a good way to feed the growing global population. Experts also pointed out that harvesting insects is also more environmentally-friendly than livestock farming as it produces greenhouse gases.

The plastic Entopod includes a grinder to create insect flour so that it can be used into recipes or add to shakes, and detachable containers to heat food in the oven, microwave or on a cooker. She also said that insect snacks can also be stored in the detachable containers.

Yule said, "The main barrier is obviously getting consumers to accept the idea of eating insects. Before I began this work I didn't even like to touch them, but I don't have any problem with eating them now and it is a practice which is growing in popularity every day.People think nothing about eating prawns and shrimps but they have a different reaction to grasshoppers and crickets. However, the more you read about the health benefits, the less bothered you become."

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