Entomophagy and the behavioral immune system: A reason of the revulsion at eating insects [post]

Kun Qian, Yuki Yamada
2019 unpublished
Entomophagy, which refers to eating insects, occurs throughout the world as a part of traditional dietary behavior or as innovative functional food. Insect-based foods are also recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization as an ideal alternative protein source to address the future potential food crisis. However, many people especially in western or industrialized societies have shown negative attitudes such as resistance or disgust to entomophagy. In this study, we examined the
more » ... ility of eating insects from the context of the behavioral immune system. Two surveys that comprised questionnaires and semantic association tests based on pictures were conducted. The results revealed the influence of the behavioral immune system on entomophagy: The semantic associations between insect food and normal food, and between insect food and pathogens were significantly predicted by multiple domains related to the attitudes, concerns, understanding, and experience of food and pathogens. The semantic associations between insect food and pathogens were significant stronger than other associations. People who concentrate on food safety and hygiene revealed fewer associations between insect food and normal food.
doi:10.31234/osf.io/thmrw fatcat:fowxk2hrivef5p5p26fobdadvy