A while ago I was listening to the radio on the way home from work one day and Daniella Martin was being interviewed about her book Edible: An Adventure Into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet. I became so intrigued because she explained how nutritious insects are and that they are a very sustainable protein source. I have high cholesterol and therefore can’t eat a lot of meat and I also need lots of good fats like omega 3, as well as protein, B vitamins, magnesium, and iron of which insects are full of! I was tired of buying supplements and trying to remember to take them all, so eating bugs seemed like a great alternative. Before I embarked on this bug eating adventure of mine I read Daniella’s book and I encourage anyone interested to do the same! She is extremely convincing because soon after I read her book I purchased cricket flour from a company called CricketFlours in Portland, Oregon and began adding it to smoothies, oatmeal, and fudge (I’ll post the recipe soon:)) I honestly can’t really taste the crickets, and am now willing to try a whole cricket and am thinking about giving meal worms a try. I’ll admit that I am nervous about it and will probably cover them in chocolate, but the amazing thing is that I am stepping into the world of eating bugs. If I can do this, others can too.
Here is a link to Daniella’s website where she explains all the ecological and nutritional benefits of eating insects. One fact that really stood out was that it takes about 1000 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, but it only takes 1 gallon of water to produce 1 pound of crickets and their nutritional content is superior! Girl Meets Bug