Everyone's thought about it, you've been seeing people do it more & more lately, conspiracy theories are being thrown around, eat ze bugz, etc.
Did you know there are actually benefits to eating insects?
Everyone knows this one.
Protein!!!! Yupp. Protein is one of the most essential resources on this planet. Life would be nearly useless without it.
Edible insects are abundant in protein. Crickets can actually be over 58.32% protein! When it comes to sustainability, insects are a sustainability powerhouse.
Good for the planet!
When it comes to insect farming, the amount of space it takes to raise insects vs things like cattle is quite a considerable difference. For example, you need 1 gallon of water to produce a pound of cricket powder, compared to 1,700-2,000 gallons per pound of beef.
We're not trying to replace beef, but we definitely do need more food options if we're going to have plenty of burgers to go around. The sustainable nature of edible insects helps create a buffer in the food industry. More options = more food.
Eating bugs is good for you!
One of the biggest stigmas is that insects carry parasites and diseases. This can be true for some, but mostly this is a very inaccurate statement when it comes to most edible insects.
Insects contain quite a bit of nutritional value. A lot of people know about protein, but there's another valuable compound that insects have. It's called chitin. Scientists are now discovering this as a pre-biotic fiber. Chitin can help your gut biome flourish!
Prebiotics serves as a food source for probiotics, which are good gut bacteria! Insects help your gut.
Vitamins, Minerals & Carbs!
Did you know chitin is also a carbohydrate? It is a polysaccharide. It's also the most abundant carb found in insects.
Quite a bit of bug contains minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium, copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus. They're loaded with many vitamins as well.
This makes insects a great option when it comes to adding nutritional value to your diet. Many people lack the nutrition that they need to function in a healthy manner. Did you know your body does trigger flight or fight when you are hungry? Eating bugs might make you a little bit less pissed off.
The massive abundance of dishes makes for a broad range of flavors. This means you have a boatload of options when it comes to eating bugs. Many countries around the world already incorporate insects into their diet, and they've been doing it for a long time.
As of writing this, crickets are the most consumed insect around the world! We like beetles, but if crickets are where it's at then we're with you.
Eating insects has quite a bit of benefit. We challenge you to try some. How about some June beetles dusted in cheese? Or some chocolate chirp cookies?