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Record number 533601
Title Consideration of insects as a source of dietary protein for human consumption
Author(s) Churchward-Venne, T.A.; Pinckaers, P.J.M.; Loon, J.J.A. van; Loon, L.J.C. van
Source Nutrition Reviews 75 (2017)12. - ISSN 0029-6643 - p. 1035 - 1045.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nutrit/nux057
Department(s) Laboratory of Entomology
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Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Keyword(s) 017-4053
Abstract Consumption of sufficient dietary protein is fundamental to muscle mass maintenance and overall health. Conventional animal-based protein sources such as meat (ie, beef, pork, lamb), poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy are generally considered high-quality sources of dietary protein because they meet all of the indispensable amino-acid requirements for humans and are highly digestible. However, the production of sufficient amounts of conventional animal-based protein to meet future global food demands represents a challenge. Edible insects have recently been proposed as an alternative source of dietary protein that may be produced on a more viable and sustainable commercial scale and, as such, may contribute to ensuring global food security. This review evaluates the protein content, amino-acid composition, and digestibility of edible insects and considers their proposed quality and potential as an alternative protein source for human consumption.
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