Crunchy insect bread - taking over European bakeries one slice of sourdough at a time
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One of the largest bakery groups in Finland, Fazer Bakery, have launched what they call 'insect bread'. You read right, insect bread, and no... it is not bread for insects.
One loaf of this bread is said to contain 70 dried house crickets, which are ground into powder and then added to the flour. The crickets (farm raised of course), only make up 3% of the bread's weight.
"Finns are known to be willing to try new things," Markus Hellstrom, head of Fazer group's bakery division told The Telegraph.
The company believes that the world is in need of new sustainable sources of nutrition and insects would provide just that. They also noted that Finland has now changed legislation and food outlets are allowed to be involved in the sale of insects as food.
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Even the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization has promoted insects as human food, based on the claims that it is nutritious, healthy and high in protein and minerals. Read more in this comprehensive document.
A number of bakeries have started selling the insect bread in Finland and in other countries such as Belgium, Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands, and people have even been posting images of ion their instagram accounts.
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