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Helpful Words and Phrases

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  1. an insect
    • ex. Butterflies are my favorite type of insect.
  2. in place of
    • ex. I use brown sugar in place of white sugar because it’s a little healthier.
  3. fat
    • ex. Fried foods are usually high in fat.
  4. tell the difference
    • ex. My sisters are twins, and it’s hard to tell the difference between them because they look the same!
  5. sustainable
    • ex. Paper bags are more sustainable than plastic ones.

Article

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Scientists from Ghent University in Belgium did a cooking experiment with insects. In place of cow’s milk, they used insect fat to make butter. The insect fat butter was then used to bake cakes, cookies, and waffles.

The scientists wanted to know if insect fat butter tasted different from regular butter, so they made three versions of cakes, cookies, and waffles. For the first version, they used regular butter. For the second version, they mixed regular butter with 25% insect fat butter. The third version was made with half regular butter and half insect fat butter. According to their results, people who tasted the desserts could not tell the difference between the three versions!

According to the scientists, insect fat butter is better than butter made from cow’s milk for two reasons. First, insect fat butter is more sustainable and eco-friendly. Making insect fat butter uses less water than making butter from cow’s milk. Second, the scientists said that insect fat butter is healthier than regular butter. This is because insect fat butter has lauric acid, which can remove bacteria from the body.

Discussion

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Food Supplies

  • Do you think using insects as food will help ensure that everyone has enough food? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • Do you think your country has enough food? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • What should countries without enough food do? Why? Discuss.

Ingredients

  • Do you think people in your country would eat food with insects as ingredients? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • What is the strangest ingredient you've ever seen? Why? Discuss.
  • What do you think is the most important ingredient every kitchen should have? Why? Discuss.