What do insects taste like?
What do Simply-Bugs Balls taste like?
Do our products contain allergens?
What are the nutritional values?
per 100 g
|1170 kJ / 280 kcal|
– of which saturated fatty acids
– of which sugar
What is Simply-Bugs Ball's list of ingredients?
Ingredients: Mealworm* **(Tenebrio molitor) 17%, vegetables in variable proportions (carrots, leeks, celery) 16%, breadcrumbs (wheat flour, wheat bran, yeast), chickpea flour 9%, water, rapeseed oil, wheat starch, onion, sunflower oil, whole egg, oat fibre, garlic powder, salt, orange peel, cane sugar, spices, herbs.
*If you have a crustacean, mollusc or dust mite allergy there is also the possibility of an allergy to edible insects.
How do you prepare the Simply-Bugs Balls?
The balls are pre-fried and easy to prepare at home in the oven (180 °C fan oven, 6-8 minutes), frying pan (medium heat, 2-3 minutes) or fryer (180 °C, 3-4 minutes). We recommend different dips (
Are insect products vegetarian or vegan?
No, the products are neither vegetarian nor vegan due to the addition of mealworms. We have an increasing number of vegetarians eating our delicious Simply-Bugs Balls. The fact is that insects are animal proteins.
Why is the mealworm proportion so low in the Simply-Bugs Balls?
Where do the insects come from?
What are the reasons for using insects as food?
Insects are a promising and sustainably produced animal protein source for humans.
- are nutritious and can provide the human body with important proteins, fats and minerals,
- have a high feed conversion rate – that is, they need relatively little food to gain 1 kg of weight,
- need less farmland for rearing compared to conventional livestock,
- have a better carbon footprint than other species. So, insects produce less greenhouse gases,
- and need significantly less water than other species.
Which insects are approved for use as food?
In the EU, insects are subject to the Novel Food Regulation. Applications for approval for various insect species have been submitted. In a transitional phase, products that were on the market before the 1st of January 2018 and for which a novel food application was submitted by the 1st of January 2019 may continue to be offered. This is the case with our Simply-Bugs.
In Switzerland, however, three species of insects have been
Locusta migratoria, adult form (European migratory locust)
How is the quality and safety of insect products guaranteed?
As with all foods, there are microbial guideline values which the insect products must meet. By controlling ingredients and end products, we can guarantee that Simply-Bugs products are of high quality and microbiologically safe.
Are there any health risks involved with eating insects?
Are the insect products also available in an organic version?
How are the mealworms being farmed?
The life cycle of the mealworm
- From the eggs, the larvae hatch, colloquially these are also called mealworms.
- After a period of growth, the larvae pupate themselves
.Insidethe pupaethe beetles develop.
- After hatching, the
beetlesmate. The female lays eggs…
- …and the cycle begins again.
How are the insects slaughtered?
The most common method of slaughter is freezing. The special thing about insects is that they are cold-blooded animals: when they freeze, they fall into a kind of “hibernation” in which the insects are first anaesthetised and then die.