Trick or Treat? It looks like Mirai has both for us. But seriously - there is no trick here as they say that bugs are the food of the future.
There are about 7.1 billion people on Earth and by 2050, there will be a projected 9.74 billion. There has to be a solution better than clearing forests and raising more livestock to feed humans - that solution could be bugs.
Edible bugs are said to be much more sustainable and are protein-rich. Cultivating bugs is also much less costly in terms of harm done to the planet's ecosystem.
If the idea of eating bugs makes you wince in disgust - have no fear - one research estimates that we already eat about 453g of insects every year. Insect bits can be found in nuts, coffee beans, peanut butter, canned veggies, fruit juices, and so on.
A single portion of grasshopper can make up to 25 - 60% of your suggested daily protein intake. Amino acids, potassium, iron, copper, riboflavin, vitamin B12 are just some of the benefits you can gain from eating insects.
Since the Heian period in Japan, people have been eating locusts. Today they are consumed as "Tsukudani" that has been simmered in soy sauce and mirin.
Like a good boss, I thought I'd buy some snacks for the team and nabbed some "Mixed Bugs" on Amazon - nearly everybody tried them! Maybe because I mixed them in with the standard snacks ;-)
Trying new things in life is always on the agenda, but it admittedly took a while for me to take my first bite. But as soon as I downed a grasshopper, I started to eat more, including grubs and pupa. Everything apart from the pupa was crispy. Pupa was...juicy ;-)
I can't relate the taste to anything I've tasted before, but many say they taste like seafood, which makes sense as they are both arthropods (exoskeletons and jointed legs).
Have any of you tried eating bugs before? Fancy giving them a whirl?
Also, have you thought about why most humans eat prawns and lobsters but not bugs? Do note that not all bugs are edible. Do research before eating:-)
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