Nutrition Facts: Insects, 100% Protein!

June 2, 2008

Culture

I saw this story and got a really good laugh out of it!

It might be a while before they appear on the shelf at Tesco.

But scientists claim adding insects to our diet would be good for us and the environment.

Crunching into crickets or snacking on grilled caterpillar is apparently a means to a nutrient-rich diet that also helps reduce pests and puts less strain on the planet than eating conventional meat.

Mmmmmm, yummy yummy. Click on the picture for a bigger photo of all that yummy goodness.

In Thailand when pesticides failed to control locusts, the government urged locals to eat them and distributed recipes.

Chef Paul Cook, who supplies exotic and unusual food through his Bristol-based business Osgrow, has sold a range of insects including locusts.

He said: ‘You have to get past your feeling when you look at a whole locust or cricket. They are very clean and nutritious.

I just picked a billion nasty larvae from my pine trees over the weekend. There is NO WAY I’m ever going to find these things tasty.

Evil Bugs

I have just one thing to say to these “scientists” who say we should eat bugs: YOU GO FIRST!

9 Responses to “Nutrition Facts: Insects, 100% Protein!”

  1. Ellen Says:

    There is no way I would eat that stuff. Strange as it is though….I have no problems eating smoked oysters, squirrel, pork, chicken, and to some people and cultures those items could be just as bad. I suppose it all depends on your perspective. But not caterpillars…

  2. Viveca Says:

    A fly landed on my roast beef sandwich today – guess I should have caught it and …

    Viveca

  3. Ms. Mecomber Says:

    Yeah, good advice Mom! šŸ˜‰

    We’ll watch and see how the scientists turn out after eating those delicious, clean, and nutritious bugs! After all, don’t scientists just LOVE experiments???

  4. Rebecca Says:

    Viveca– ROFL!!!!!!!! Yeah, the fly is just a condiment. I’ll bet it would have added a TON of necessary protein that you missed out on! Plus, it would have made the scientists happy! See what you’ve done! LOL

    Ellen, NOT caterpillers, right you are! I’ve had squirrel. šŸ˜‰

    And Ms. M, I strongly suspect that the scientists’ favorite experiments are on US! :-p

  5. Ms. Mecomber Says:

    Oh yeah. šŸ˜ Scientists like to experiment with things OTHER than themselves. I forgot.

    (mad scientists gone bad) :S

  6. MaryLou Says:

    Yuck. I guess if I were starving and there was nothing else in sight, I might choose to eat a bug. Wonder how much protein there is in dirt?

  7. My Bug Life Says:

    Yes, I have heard insects are source of protein bt looking at larvea….I don’t think I dare touch or even eat them…..eeww.

  8. Mariz Says:

    Yaikkks! Yes, I’ve heard crickets are a known delicacy in Thailand, available in most wet markets. I guess I’ll never really qualify for Fear Factor or Survivor, this will never be my kind of thing…bugs, cockroaches…eeew!

  9. Sniffy Says:

    Oh. my. GOSH!!!! THEY WANT US TO EAT BUGS???!?!?!?!?!?!!!!
    heh heh, after you, Mr. mad scientist!
    And, yes Rebecca, the “scientists” DO do there experiments on us :@!