Celiac.com 07/28/2020 - Insects offer an edible, high protein alternative to traditional animal-based foods. Insects are consumed in many cultures, but are less commonly eaten in western cultures. One way around that is to produce goods using flour made from dried crickets. A team of researchers has been evaluating ways to use cricket flour effectively to create high quality gluten-free products that are also high protein, and rich in antioxidants.
The research team included Lorenzo Nissen, Seyedeh Parya Samaei, Elena Babini, and Andrea Gianottia. They are variously affiliated with the Interdepartmental Centre of Agri-Food Industrial Research (CIRI), Alma Mater Studiorum at the University of Bologna in Cesena, Italy; the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (DISTAL), Alma Mater Studiorum at the University of Bologna, Piazza Goidanich in Cesena, Italy.
Cricket flour gave the breads a typical bread flavor profile, marked by a unique aroma that is the result of different levels of volatile compounds, including various amounts of nonanoic acid, 2,4-nonadienal (E,E), 1-hexanol, 1-heptanol, and 3-octen-2-one, depending how the dough was prepared.
Finally, antioxidant activities were significantly enhanced in cricket breads, indicating that cricket powder offers gluten-free bakers a way to create flour that is high in protein and antioxidants, and yields high-quality baked products with a desirable aroma.
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