Ten reasons why we should be eating insects
Whether you can stomach the idea or not, there seem to be many good reasons why we should be eating insects. And sustainability has to be one of the arguments in favor of adding bugs, that have been a human food for centuries, into your daily diet. The problem is I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here is dominating our screens at the moment and you probably cannot help imagining the horrors of what it might be like to take part in the dreaded Bushtucker Trials
Ten benefits to eating insects
But have you ever considered and what the benefits might be of eating all those critters and creepy crawlies. Before you do, we have to assure you not to worry, we won’t be making you eat bugs on The In-Sync Diet! But we can’t help thinking that they are very much In-Sync and here are ten reasons why:
- Eating insects is nothing new. 2 billion people on the planet are already eating them as a regular part of their diet. In the West, it is probably our cultural fear of eating bugs that prevents them from appearing on supermarket shelves, and on reality TV shows instead, but in selective restaurants you will find them on the menu.
- The world’s population is expected to grow 9 billion by 2050 meaning there are greater demands for food supplies. Conventional animal protein sources including beef, pork, and chicken meat may not be able to meet this need, opening a door to alternative sources.
- Eating insects may be good for the environment because they need less space and less water as well as food. And they emit fewer greenhouse gases too.
- Insects are rich in protein and healthy fat.
- They are also high in B vitamins including vitamin B12, zinc, calcium, magnesium and iron.
- Raising insects can be done without the use of antibiotics. The global overuse of antibiotics is creating the rise of superbugs – disease-causing bacteria in our environments that are resistant to medication.
- Mealworms, grasshoppers, spiders and water bugs are all making an appearance but it is edible crickets that are proving to be the most versatile. They mature in less than a month and are used to living in dense populations.
- Because of the simplicity of their central nervous system, they are unlikely to feel pain. But even if they were, they are frozen which puts them into a natural sleeping phase before they are harvested.
- And the good news is that they can be ground down into flour so you can reap the benefits without having to eat a critter whole.
- But if you do eat them whole, apparently they have a nutty flavor not unlike bacon (but without the preservatives) particularly after they have been roasted!