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Les insectes apportent moins de protéines que prévu

28/07/2017 | Etudes Compléments alimentaires


Logique vu qu’une grande part de leur protéines (carapace et autres) sont complètement indigestibles

The high level of protein content reported in insects for food and feed is overestimated
Journal of Food Composition and Analysis Volume 62, September 2017, Pages 184-188

• Insects have a great potential as future source for proteins.
• Total N is generally determined by Kjeldahl method.
• The N content in the cuticle errs the results.
• We propose to evaluate N derived from non-fibrous sources.
• It should result in an N-conversion factor similar among insects.

The potential of insects as a source of protein for future food and feed is widely admitted in the last couple years and is the object of numerous studies. The Kjeldahl method is widely used to quantify the crude protein content of insects which ranges from 8 to 70% of dry mass. This procedure evaluates the total concentration of Nitrogen (N), which is converted to protein by multiplying it by the nitrogen-to-protein conversion factor (N-factor) for meat (6.25).

Giving that the insect cuticle contents large amounts of fibrous chitin, a polysaccharide rich in N, and proteins tightly embedded in its matrix, and is not digested by humans or domesticated animals, using the Kjeldahl method overestimates the digestible protein content of insects. We propose to evaluate digetible nitrogen by quantifying N in the cuticle and sustraiting it from the total nitrogen content, and to calculate a new N-conversion factor which should be similar for all the insects species and their development stages.

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