Insights into the acceptance of edible insects by children


A latest research on the acceptance of insect meals merchandise revealed in Food and Quality Preference discovered that sure sorts of insect merchandise have been higher preferred by Danish kids.

Research: Acceptance of Insect Foods Among Danish Children: Effects of Information Provision, Food Neophobia, Disgust Sensitivity, and Species on Willingness to Try. Picture Credit score: Charoen Krung Images/Shutterstock


The rising demand for animal protein has shifted the main focus to different sources of proteins aside from standard animal meat. Bugs have been used as a supply of vitamin since historic instances. Edible bugs are good protein sources and function an alternative choice to standard meat. Disgust and neophobia are deemed main obstacles to the adoption of newer meals. 

Elements influencing acceptance of insect meals embody willingness to eat, meals neophobia, disgust, sensitivity, previous publicity, sensory properties of the meals, and presentation of insect-based merchandise. Disgust in direction of meals might be associated to pathogen-avoidance traits, culture-specific, or arbitrary. Perceived cultural inedibility can be a resilient barrier to the acceptance of novel meals.

Bugs will not be deemed edible by the bulk. Nonetheless, the rising debate on the unsustainability of standard protein sources might present a lee-way for introducing insect-based meals into Western diets. The advantages embody environmental conservation and sustainability.

The research

This research was carried out on kids and explored the results of speaking three sorts of data: style, well being, and sustainability advantages of insect-based meals, on the willingness to eat insect meals.

The research additionally aimed to find out the connection between meals neophobia, disgust, and bug species properties on insect-food acceptance and to determine which insect-based meals varieties have been probably the most fascinating. The research included 181 college students within the age vary of 9-13 years from Danish faculties.

It entailed sending a web-based survey and lecture for college kids to academics upfront. The survey had three components – a pre-exposure questionnaire, throughout publicity, and a post-exposure questionnaire.


Out of the 181 questionnaires submitted, 26 have been disqualified. The collaborating college students hailed from six Danish faculties. Among the many members, 62 have been launched to the style of the brand new meals, 71 have been knowledgeable in regards to the well being advantages, and 48 underwent the sustainability intervention.  

All besides two members have been conscious of insect-based meals; in actual fact, 49.7% had even tasted bugs earlier than. The bulk confirmed reasonable curiosity in making an attempt insect-based meals earlier than and after the intervention. Each these teams included girls and boys in an identical proportions. 

Impact of the interventions

Most members expressed apprehension concerning crickets being utilized in meals. For buffalo worms, the intervention teams confirmed variations concerning elevating them as livestock. Whereas the bulk have been both impartial (bordering in direction of damaging) about utilizing buffalo worm in meals. 

Total, the sustainability intervention appeared to render the best scores for presenting buffalo worms as acceptable for livestock, whereas well being intervention conferred the bottom rating. Nevertheless, the style intervention didn’t trigger a notable distinction in opinion. Furthermore, the mealworm was rated larger on each measures.

Impact of neophobia

Boys have been discovered to be extra neophilic in comparison with ladies, in keeping with the Meals Neophobia Check Software (FNTT). FNTT didn’t appear to differ amongst populations or the intervention teams; vis, kids from totally different faculties or grades. Nevertheless, a powerful damaging correlation of FNTT scores with WTT was evident earlier than and after the intervention. 

Impact of disgust sensitivity

The Meals Disgust Scale (FDS) of the members indicated that the members had larger disgust sensitivity. The FDS didn’t differ based mostly on gender nor was there any variation among the many intervention teams. Additional, FDS didn’t correlate to WTT.

The correlation of FDS with FNTT was insignificant. The picture of complete cricket acquired a decrease hedonic score than that of buffalo worm. Cookies acquired an above-neutral hedonic score, whereas protein bars, crispbread, burgers, and chips fabricated from cricket flour didn’t. Falafel acquired the bottom score whereas complete cricket had the second-lowest score.

Notably, 43 kids have been labeled as neophilic; 89 have been discovered to be impartial, and 47 have been recognized as neophobic. The neophobic class had a major impact on the hedonic response, which had lowed hedonic scores than the neophilic section.

Members’ perceived appropriateness of bugs as meals substances – bugs in cookies, acquired larger scores, adopted by chips and burgers with bugs. These three classes have been rated above impartial regarding appropriateness as meals. However, protein bars, falafel, crisp bread, and chocolate bar with insect substances have been rated under impartial, with falafel garnering the bottom score.


The findings offered client insights about edible bugs amongst kids. On common, Danish kids weren’t apprehensive about making an attempt insect-based meals. Moreover, making kids conscious of the advantages of insect-based meals might improve their willingness to strive them.

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