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Should we replace meat with insect derived protein?
Eating insects can be a health hazard and comes with the risk of
allergens, pesticides and toxins.
Some insects can contain
and other chemical substances which can be harmful to human health.
Currently, there is
to be certain of the microbiological and chemical risks that may occur as a result of eating insects.
Insects that feed on decaying matter, such as dung beetles, may not be suitable for
due to the range of bacteria and other contaminants they are exposed to.
Some insect proteins are similar to
. Bugs could induce anaphylaxis in those with shellfish allergies.
Eating any produce can lead to ingesting allergens, insecticides and toxins if it is contaminated. This does not only apply to insects.
2 billion people around the world regularly eat insects without any
to their health.
Some of the world's greatest health crises, such as swine flu and the spread of mad cow disease, have been caused by the consumption of
Like all foods, bugs can be
to prevent disease.
has stated that edible insects pose a low risk of infecting humans with disease.
Insects are so
t to humans, that it is much less likely that disease could be transmitted from insect to human.
The consumption of insects could be beneficial for human health.