Bugs on the Menu: Understanding the Risk of Insect Allergies
Insects are increasingly being recognized as a sustainable and nutritious alternative to traditional animal protein sources, but some people may be allergic to insects and may experience allergic reactions when consuming them. In this essay, we explore the potential for allergic reactions to insects, the proteins in insects that are most likely to cause allergies, and the risk of developing an allergy to insects compared to other common allergens. We also discuss the potential for cross-reactivity between insect allergies and allergies to seafood and dust mites. If you are concerned about the risk of an allergic reaction, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional before trying insects as a source of food.