Sunday, July 7, 2013

Worms, Anyone? UN Recommends Eating Bugs for Healthier Lifestyle

My opinion:  While Northern Americans may consider bugs as a meal for people in more primitive countries, I believe the UN might have a point.  Many bugs are in fact quite healthy, and I find it unlikely that there would be a shortage of them, but thinking of the bee shortage, we might have to take some precautions.  For example, farming bugs instead of gathering them from the outside environment, where they may carry diseases.  But this would only occur if bugs became a staple in American produce.  Frankly, I can't see this happening - we hold a very strong stigma against bugs and would rather know that they are in a forest rather than a dinner plate.  Also, since Americans can typically afford more expensive food, bugs are out of the question.  Should Americans be open to foreign foods, even if they initially appear disgusting?  Perhaps this would solve obesity epidemic!  Maybe if these foods were incorporated into an American style of cooking, it would be easier to integrate them into our culture.  Feel free to comment.


United Nations recommends eating more bugs

May 19, 2013 | by Steven Rothrock MD

Imagine your dinner plate filled with beetles, worms, wasps, and caterpillars. Yum, you say. Well, the United Nations (UN) states that a diet of insects can be nutritious since insects are high in protein, minerals, and fats. A diet high in insects may also decrease the rising levels of obesity.
This week, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization recommended eating more bugs to help address global food insecurity. These experts feel that eating insects could help to protect the environment and address the rapidly increasing demand for food worldwide. Farming insects will produce a much lower level of greenhouse gases compared to livestock. As an example, pigs produce up to 100 times more greenhouse gases per kilogram than mealworms.
Insects are actually a delicacy in many parts of the world. They are a staple of many diets in Asia, Africa, and parts of Latin America. Of the over 1 million known species of insects, nearly 2000 are consumed regularly by humans. They can be eaten whole or ground into a powder, paste, or made into a sauce.
Could you please pass the cricket sauce? I would like to spread it on my caterpillar and worm sandwich.


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