9 Reasons Why We Should Start Eating Insects
What are the main issues in the world today? Global warming and world hunger.
We can’t afford to ignore these issues anymore, they are becoming more urgent every year. Research to find a solution is already being conducted by researchers of the University of Edinburgh who found that if we all consumed insects instead of meat, farmlands would be cut by one-third which means that the Greenhouse effect could be lessened. And, that’s not the only reason why eating insects is beneficial to the future of the world. Eating insects is a step in the right direction, for our environment and for humanity. It will help us to create a better future, a future without world hunger and global warming.
So, if you want to do something to help the environment but don’t know how, read this article and you can find out how to help. Maybe you will start eating insects soon, to help fix our world’s problems. It might sound very foreign but it could help you help make a better future.
- They are a great source of protein
Insects are very nutritious amongst containing loads of vitamins they are also rich in protein. So, eating a cricket for example will not just be a healthier snack than chocolate but will also save you your daily protein shake.
2. Eating insects could help solve world hunger
Research shows that there would be more than 40 tons of insects per person available. According to UN’s Food and Agricultural Agency 30 percent of humanity is already incorporating insects into their diet.
3. They can be eaten in many different ways
They can be fried, boiled, roasted or baked. The opportunities are endless. So, why no try combining a salad with some fried crickets? Or some ant eggs? There are already various recipes to try out online.
4. They are low in fat
Insects often have less than 5 grams of fat per serving. So think about it like this: It might cost a little more willpower to try them the first time but who knows, maybe mealworms will be your favourite snack from now on!
5. They are much more sustainable than cows
Insects are more sustainable in what they consume. Mealworms, for example, eat waste wheat chaff rather than grain like the sources of our meat, which is much more environmentally friendly as this reduces the greenhouse effect.
6. They taste great
Even though we are hesitant to eating insects most of the time people that have tried them say they taste similar to shrimp or chicken and considered a delicacy in some foreign countries.
7. They require less water
Insects require less water than agriculture, which consumes up to 70% of all water. Needless to say, they are more environmentally friendly, as they don’t need to be artificially fed or held on watered fields like cows.
8. Asian countries are doing it already
Asia as a modern and advanced country is already eating insects. You can buy fried crickets on a stick and even try scorpion on street markets. As we learned from prior experiences with technology, it is smart to listen to Asia so why not to it with this trend as well?
9. They are cheap
As insects are currently available in big amounts they wouldn’t be expensive. In some countries you can go out in the nature and grab a caterpillar, for example, and press the nutritious juice out of it.
So, if you want to help the environment and also get nutritious and healthy food for a balanced diet, try some crunchy crickets with your salad. You could help make a change in our environment and help to improve our future. If we can make people even consider eating insects this could be a giant step into a good direction not only for global warming, but also for world hunger.
If you are interested in learning about this topic in more depth I recommend you watch this documentary.