The perfect protein
Eating bugs seems to be a crazy idea without context. But the case for eating bugs has actually been endorsed by groups like the United Nations, leading universities, and independent researchers. In 2013, the UN even published a detailed report explaining why bugs are so great. B.U.G.S. are:
Better for the environment
Meat production is very resource-intensive, and is a big contributor to climate change. Compared to beef, chicken, and pork, edible bugs use less land, water, and emit less pollution.
Edible bugs contain high levels of protein (comparable to chicken, beef, and pork), high levels of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, and high levels of Vitamin B12.
They also have great amino acid profiles. For example, mealworms naturally have amino acid profiles slightly superior to most kinds of whey protein, making bug protein powder great for athletes and the health conscious.
Edible bugs are eaten by over 2 billion people worldwide, and are considered delicacies in many countries. Bugs have been consumed throughout history, and are part of the natural human diet. For example, the cockchafer bug was once considered a delicacy in the UK in the 18th century, and was comparable to lobster (they are very similar biologically, and even taste similar!).
Bugs stopped being eaten in the West because during the agricultural revolution, bugs developed a stigma as pests that destroyed crops. And believe it or not, everyone has eaten bugs before: they are found in all our processed foods in small amounts, so if you’ve ever eaten chocolate, peanut butter, or cookies, you’ve eaten bugs!
How do bugs actually taste? Really good, actually. Crickets taste very similar to shrimp, and mealworms like roasted nuts. Edible insect flour has a slightly nutty flavor. Energy bars and protein powder come in a variety of flavors, from chocolate to raspberry, and pasta tastes like whatever sauce you cook it in.
Watch these videos of real people trying bugs for the first time!
As you can see, bugs actually taste pretty good.
There’s nothing strange about eating bugs – it’s just a social stigma that we’ve been conditioned to follow. If you think about it, a lot of other foods we think are normal, like sushi (which is just raw fish) is actually quite strange.
Give it a try!
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