A study investigated the underlying sensory perceptions of insect-derived foods among Dutch consumers.

A recent study from Wageningen University in The Netherlands examined the sensory perceptions of 3 unusual novel foods (lamb brain, frog meat and mealworms) which were claimed to be present in beef burger patties. Actual burgers were made of ground beef, salt, pepper, and different amounts of breadcrumbs, mashed tofu and ground hazelnuts to create perceivable texture and flavour differences, while maintaining visual similarity between the burgers! How did the “mealworm-burger” taste? Nutty flavour, consumers said, whilst none of the burgers actually contained lamb brain, frog meat or mealworms.