Some Bugs Have As Much Protein As Beef

A 2015 study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition sought to answer the question: what's more nutritious for you, bugs or traditional meats? They used two nutrient profiling systems to test the foods, and found that insects and meat were roughly equal-but only if you aren't considering vitamins and minerals. When you add those to the mix, then bugs (specifically, crickets, palm weevil larvae, and mealworms) beat beef and chicken by a significant amount.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. It takes about 10 pounds of feed to produce 1 pound of beef—or 6 pounds of insect protein. 02:20

  2. Before they became mainstream delicacies, lobsters repulsed people and were not viewed as food items. 04:46

  3. Different species of bugs taste different, and different methods of preparation can also alter their flavors. 06:24

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