More worms at the table

More worms at the table

          A delicious Acheta domesticus

We got it done.

You no longer have to go to China, to buy silk worms, scorpions, various insect larvae all neatly stuffed on long sticks on street stalls.

All these wonderful insects and worms we can put them in the plate ourselves:


This is true democracy.

Alphitobius diaperinus
                     Alphitobius diaperinus

And then with worms and dried crickets we make flours, and with their flours we make bread, breadsticks, protein bars, etc.

Proteins are the sanctification of these “new foods”.

Today, to those who talk about proteins, any protein, they make him holy immediately!

It is a pity not to tell unsuspecting consumers that there are proteins and proteins, category A – B – C – D etc. some not noble, of low biological value.


Fantastico antipasto di larve e insetti
   Fantastic starter of larvae and insects

But there is a curious fact.

The EU itself, through EFSA, states “Food supplements containing larvae of Alphitobius diaperinus powder should not be taken by people under the age of 18”.

So little is known about any allergic phenomena, so much so as not to recommend the consumption of insects and worms to under 18 years!

But there is not too much trouble to admit to the consumption these new “foods”.

 Especially when there are other foods, used by man even for thousands of years, parked for years by EFSA in “novel food” – novel foods not consumed at a ‘significant’ level before 1997, according to the EU definition that authorizes them.

Substances subject to surveillance and, above all, to a very, very limited consumption.

 I’ll give you an example, but it applies to all: chia seeds, that is, “Salvia hispanica”

It is not a protein, but it boasts truly remarkable benefits.

                                                                                                                    Chia- Salvia hispanica


“Chia (Salvia hispanica) is a floral plant of the Lamiaceae family, native to Guatemala and central and southern Mexico.

As evidenced by the Mendoza Codex, a Mesoamerican manuscript of the sixteenth century, the plant was cultivated by the Aztecs in pre-Columbian times; according to some economic historians, the importance of chia in the food industry was comparable at the time to that of corn.

It is still cultivated in Mexico and Guatemala, for the production of both flour and whole seeds for food use.

The seeds, rich in omega-3, are nutritionally comparable to those of flax and sesame.” (Wikipedia)

It is said that Cortez, discovered that it was an important food of the power of the Aztec warriors, had its plantations destroyed.

But he saved some seedlings and I took them to Spain.

Hence the improper name of Salvia hispanica.

Among macronutrients, chia seeds provide omega 3 and omega 6 fats in an ideal ratio: in this way they help to control inflammatory processes, promote a good development of the nervous system and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disorders.

 Chia seeds contain:

  • 7 times more Vitamin C than Oranges
  • 5 times more Calcium than Milk
  • 3 times more Iron than Spinach
  • 2 times more Potassium than Bananas
  • 15 times more magnesium than broccoli

Salvia hispanica also contains 64% of Omega 3 with ALA (alpha linoleic acid), abundant bioflavonoids (antioxidants), and is the source of the healthiest, safest and richest Omega 3 in the world, it is the only product that provides essential Omega 3 fats without taste problems, odour, toxicity, rancidity and high saturated fat content.

What do you think? They really look like the seeds of life.

Perhaps they provide far too much life!

As Andreotti, our political goal, said: “A pensar male si fa peccato, ma difficile si sbagliato”. (Bad thinking it’s a shame but it’s hard to be wrong)

Evidently to the profitable market of synthetic supplements a natural competitor, so richly endowed with properties, is scary.

 But it’s no problem.

The EFSA thinks to keep it tightly and perhaps indefinitely among the foods imprisoned among the “novel food“, where there has been since 2009.

This definition, given to a noble food that the populations of Central America have been consuming for over 5,500 years, makes some effect!

Meditate people … meditate …and meanwhile eat worms!!!

Squisite larve di Tenebrio molitorExquisite larvae of Tenebrio Molitor