One major discussion going on currently is how the heck we’re going to continue to feed the nearly 7 billion people who populate this little planet called Earth. Switching to vegetarianism or even flexitarianism is a good first step for carnivores. But I was just reading in this month’s National Geographic magazine that the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) thinks switching to insects is even better. Yes, Americans, insects. I’m including myself when I cringe at the thought of frying up beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, and ants for a meal, but the McCricket might be a likely substitute for the Big Mac one day. With 12.9 grams of protein per a 100-gram serving, how can you go wrong?
For more protein, try the grasshopper, which is also loaded with phosphorous (238 mg) and packs 5 grams of iron as well as 35 mg of calcium. Or the water beetle, with 19.8 grams of protein, 14 mg of iron, 44 mg of calcium, and 226 mg of phosphorous.
Plus, insects can be farmed more cheaply and on less land, which means we can likely feed the world on them. Problem is, Americans–and many cultures in the West–are just not used to eating bugs. It’s just a mindset adjustment, isn’t it? Are you game?