The title of this article alone could be very disturbing for some of our readers. I mean insects, in general, have this perceived view of being disgusting, dirty, and outright uneatable. True plenty of them are, such as cockroaches and dung beetles (if you care about your health I mean), but a very scientific questions was asked by AsapSCIENCE recently. Should we be eating insects?
The video that answers this question was uploaded on AsapSCIENCE’s Youtube channel on June 24, 2014 and is getting a lot of traction for what it is. First, there was the ingredient argument. Comparing crickets to chicken, steak, and pork, 100 grams of each contained the same amount of protein. However, crickets had a lot more essential vitamins and minerals. Next, was the production argument. They used beef for this example in which 200 square meters of land is used to grow a pound of meet, it only takes 15 square meters to grow one pound of crickets. They even went with water consumption in growing certain foods in kilograms. Cows take 22,000 liters, pigs take 3,500 liters, and chickens take 2,300 liters. Crickets only need 1 liter. That’s a lot of water saved for a world that supposedly won’t have any clean water by 2020 right?
So why are crickets not a part of the western diet when it is evident their benefits surpass what we usually eat? It’s because of the stigmatic view surrounding bugs. The United States gets most of their eating habits from Europeans, who during their time colonized the world, considered other ethnic groups to be eating insects to be heathens and uncivilized, just because they didn’t do it.
Nevertheless, eating insects can actually save the world, according to an article by Huffington Post. Entomophagist, Daniella Martin told them the following:
“I think it’s so interesting that something that’s so traditionally reviled could actually really make a difference in terms of a lot of the global issues we are facing right now.”
If you want to know more about chowing down on crickets and meal worms, AsapSCIENCE also included another video on how to eat bugs. Also, there is another article by the Huffington Post about a woman who ate crickets and meal worms for a week. At least this is science that is more useful than scientifically cutting a cake right?
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