JEONJU, March 7 (Korea Bizwire) – The future might be already here, as insects, which are frequently mentioned as a probable food source of the future, are expected to make their way into Korean kitchens faster than previously thought.
The Rural Development Administration (RDA) announced that it has developed nutritious meals for hospital patients using edible insects.
Using mealworms, food scientists created a pudding that can provide nutrients to patients who have difficulties chewing and swallowing due to operations or other medical treatment.
With the mealworms processed into a pudding, it is thought that people would be less likely to label the dish as ‘eating insects’ and reject it, and the soft texture makes it easier for patients to swallow and digest.
Protein, carbohydrates, fiber, fat and 13 different types of vitamins and minerals are included in the pudding, making it a balanced meal for patients as well as children who move a lot or dislike eating their meals.
Mealworms are said to be two times higher in protein compared to beef, and much more flavorful than sesame oil.
Officials have finished submitting a patent application for the mealworm pudding, and by transferring technology, the administration plans to launch nurungji (the crust of overcooked rice) flavored mealworm pudding.
RDA officials anticipate that the newly-developed pudding will benefit those who lack nutrition such as children and the elderly, and also play an important role in improving the financial viability of mealworm farms.
By M.H.Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)