I know, eating insects may not appear to be the most appealing things to do with bugs, but there are some good reasons to at least consider the option. I’ve mentioned many of these before in previous blog posts but they bear repeating. Bugs and pretty good for you and here is a list of 7 reasons you should eat bugs.
1 – Protein Content
The numbers fluctuate, depending on the actual source but crickets are higher in protein than beef. That is, if you are comparing one to the other. I’m not suggesting you stop eating beef, but as a protein source, crickets are very concentrated. Crickets have roughly 65-percent protein where beef is closer to 50-percent.
2 – Concentration of Nutrients
Again, while you can still get your fill of other nutrients from a healthy diet, insect protein can save you some of that effort. In addition to a wide variety of amino acids, insect protein contains minerals and vitamins. Eating bugs will also put unsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids into your system.
3 – Low Fat Content
In a pound-for-pound comparison, insect protein contains little fat. The actual measurement is less than 5 grams of fat per serving. Most other traditional protein sources have considerably more fat. If you are trying to control your fat intake, crickets, mealworms and other insects give you a good alternative.
4 – Environmentally Friendly
When you take a look at the production costs associated with farming crickets versus cattle or pigs, there is a huge difference. Crickets take far less space, food, water and energy to produce any edible insect protein. Cattle, pigs and any other farm animal require more space, food, shelter and more.
5 – Various Dishes
Edible insects are edible is a number of different ways. They can be baked, roasted, boiled, fried and sautéed. My favorite way to eat them is ground up into flour where crickets can be used in protein bars and pasta. Other insect flour options include baked into breads, cookies, crackers and other baked goods.
6 – Abundantly Available
Depending on where you live in the world, there can be up to 300 different species of edible insects available. This compares to over 800 different breeds of cattle. However, anywhere on the planet insects are far more abundant that cattle. This is primarily due to the fact that 100 insects take less space than 100 cows.
7 – Tasty Treats
When you eat bugs you discover something very interesting. They have a nutty flavour that has a hint of chicken or shrimp. Depending on what you prepare them with, many edible insects will take on the taste of the other foods and ingredients. Although we still like beef, beef usually tastes like beef.
Find Out More About Edible Insects
Eating bugs may not have been something you would consider until now. For more information and a few recipes, why not check out my eBook on the subject? It’s called ‘The Foodie Guide To Farming Insects For Protein.” Order your copy today. My eBook is available at Amazon.
My name is George Elliott. I have been in the Media Industry since 1978. I spent 23 years in Broadcasting and worked in a total of six different radio stations located in southern British Columbia Canada during my career. In 2000 I switched gears and moved into the Print Media Industry at a small town, local weekly newspaper. In 2004 I bought the paper and operated it with my wife, Brenda until July 2016 when we closed it. I launched a freelance web content and article writing business from my home in January 2014.