Researchers investigating bug allergy symptoms could not shock you, however a group of Queensland scientists are looking to seek out if there are allergens in food fabricated from bugs.
As the world appears to different protein sources as the worldwide inhabitants surges, James Cook University scientists wish to know if some individuals could have a response to insect-based meals.
Crickets, black soldier flies and mealworms are all on the menu however Professor Andreas Lopata says individuals with mud mite and even shell fish allergy symptoms could also be delicate.
Watch the newest News on Channel 7 or stream for free on 7plus >>
“House dust mite allergy is much more common than any food allergy,” Professor Lopata stated.
“About 30 per cent of the world’s population has allergies to the house dust mite and this prevalence is increasing.
“Initial information from our lab means that a few of these house mud mite allergens do cross-react to bugs.”
This could mean people allergic to the tiny bug may have a similar reaction to food products with insect proteins.
There are already cookies, muesli bars, pastas and – for all the gym bros out there – protein powders which are made from crickets.
“Insects are an excellent and nutritious food product,” Prof Lopata stated.
“It’s most likely a part of the choice food future to feed billions of individuals because the world’s inhabitants grows.”
Prof Lopata and his staff shall be working with the Australian authorities’s National Measurement Institute to seek out allergens in insect-based meals dangerous to individuals and pets.