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Aug 23, 2013
10:24 AMHealth Kick
I don't care how healthy they are, I just don't think I can swallow the idea of crickets and grasshoppers on my dinner plate. It's a little too Indiana Jones for me.
I have been hearing more and more about how nutritious insects are. In a recent time.com story, bugs from crickets to catepillars were touted for their nutritional value and culinary inclusion (even esteem) in foreign countries. In the story, May Berenbaum, the head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explains why crickets in particular are found in many diets.
"Protein is a big part of their value nutritionally, but they also tend to be calorie- and lipid-rich and they are generally good sources of vitamins and minerals,” she tells time.com. “There are ecological and economic benefits, too. [In general] some insects can be raised on foods that aren’t consumed by humans and rearing insects tends to produce far fewer greenhouse gas emissions.”
Hmm—healthy and good for the environment? With all this insect hype I wouldn't be surprised if they start crawling onto menus in the next few years. It might even spawn careers for caterpillar ranchers.
The other thing, besides Harrison Ford escapades, that comes to mind is the nursery rhyme. There was an old lady who swallowed a spider that wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her...
Ick. Am I just too vanilla? Do I need a little red ant with my risotto?
What do you think? Would you eat little crawlers?