Laurie Keeler (Courtesy of University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Laurie Keeler (Courtesy of University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

The idea of eating insects bugs many people in the United States, but some food product developers hope that will change.

Entomophagy consuming insects is not new, and it isn’t always considered yucky. In Africa, for example, millions of people consume insects not only for sustenance but because they think insects are tasty. In the United States and Europe, not so much.

That’s unfortunate, said Laurie Keeler, senior manager of product development in The Food Processing Center.

“Many edible insects are high in protein and other nutrients, and there are many different ways to process insects and use them in food products that are quite palatable,” she said.

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