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Sometimes I feel like trying new restaurants with my husband. To broaden my ideas a little or to be inspired by the combination of new foods and flavors. So I put myself at the pc and I look for restaurants or nice places in the internet universe. Some time ago, it was just one of those intriguing times that I was looking for new places in Milan and around that would tempt my palate. Looking at a certain point, he appeared on the internet: “In Milan, an aperitif with insects!”. Now, I have to say that my first impression was expressed by a disgusted grimace, similar to what I had done looking at Indiana Jones and the cursed temple in the scene where the diners at the table crunched as if nothing were cockroaches and insects of various kinds. But then thinking about it I told myself, that basically it was not so different to eat the offal of beef or pork, if you think that for example of the latter you eat just everything, and when I say everything I mean the ears and pigtail .
So I wondered about this: eating insects is just a fad or I will have to get used to seeing them served in Christmas lunches next to the capon or candied in a good panettone? I think I’m not ready for that yet, but considering and considering that this theme has already arisen at Expo 2015, I thought it would be better to start asking myself a few questions. The scientific community agrees on the benefits of insects on health so much so that it has even been estimated that there are over 1900 species of edible insects, including beetles, caterpillars, bees and ants. In reality, the earth’s resources are not inexhaustible and in 2030 it is estimated that we will be more than 9 billion. Here, then, that more than a choice of pleasure would seem to be of necessity. At the bottom of the insects are rich in protein and other essential micronutrients. They are also easily reared and can also be used in livestock feed.
So recapitulating: insects do well because they have a lot of nutrients that “like” our body, easily synthesize proteins and are easily found because it is not difficult to maintain and breed an insect maaa … the risks? After all, if I think of insects like flies that also settle on the feces of animals, I feel bad. Even here science has tried to show that, despite the composition of their bacterial flora potentially harmful to humans, through the manipulation and conservation of these animals, it is possible to eliminate many of these risks. Let’s say that breeding and some pharmacological treatments could prevent many of these bacteria. This is proof of the fact that, if one day the insects should become for us a food of subsistence, they will certainly not be those of the garden of our house. However, despite this, I am absolutely not ready to move on to this type of innovation, so in the meantime I will continue to publish my recipes that do not include the use of these animals.