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A Diet Rich in...Bugs!

Posted June 24, 2017 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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If recent research or even common urban legends are to be believed — for every candy bar we consume, we also consume at least eight pieces of insect or that we swallow at least eight spiders in our sleep annually — introducing bugs into our daily diet should not surprise our "delicate" systems at all.

At least, that is what twin brothers who have created a health-food start-up focusing on protein derived from insects is banking on.

Lithic Nutrition offers products ranging from flavored cricket bars to cricket protein powders…without any bug imagery or depictions of insect art on the labels. And although the bars resemble traditional protein bars, the only giveaway is labeling clearing listing "cricket powder" as the main ingredient.

Trying his first "bug" as a marine stationed in Asia, Dave Baugh, likened the experience to eating potato chips.

However, Baugh and his twin brother anticipate having to overcome Western attitudes about bug consumption. While bugs are considered an important food staple and source of protein in most other parts of the world, Westerners in particular cannot seem to get past the feelings associated with eating bugs, which tends to elicit a gagging reaction or mock vomiting.

However, according to research, bug consumption is highly beneficial because bugs are plentiful and rich in protein and other nutrients. According to the research, crickets provide more calcium per gram than milk, more vitamin B12 than salmon, and more iron than spinach.

According to the brothers, cloaking the bugs in a variety of flavors (blueberry, vanilla, banana bread, and dark chocolate brownie) and fashioning them into traditional-looking protein bars may make the idea more...palatable.

Bug consumption has also garnered a lot of attention recently as the latest fad in snacking and for the environmental benefits to be gained from its worldwide consumption (using significantly less resources to produce than the farming methods used to produce cattle — a typical source of protein for westerners).

Would you be willing to incorporate bugs into your diet? Have you eaten bugs before?

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Re: A Diet Rich in...Bugs!

06/24/2017 12:15 AM

Eat life or it eats you!

Why would anybody eat bugs when they can eat brownies...

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06/24/2017 6:51 AM

I had a little paper cup of mealworm "salsa" at an exhibit. Didn't really notice anything foul, but I still prefer regular salsa that doesn't wiggle.

When cricket flour is available in a 3 pound bag at Costco I'll pick one up as a mix in with other food, but a protein bar and other high priced snacks have little appeal to me.

It bugs me when people mock vomit.

Can't they mock satisfaction instead?

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06/24/2017 8:56 AM

If the look, smell, taste and dietary values meet my standards I don't really care what something is made from.

If it's presentable to my standards and not going to kill if I eat too much on the short or or long term me I am good with it.

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06/25/2017 1:57 AM

The only future for feeding the world is bugs and worms and maggots. These can be fed to chooks and then we eat the meat.

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06/26/2017 1:57 PM

I prefer to eat my "bug" as caught fish.

I don't want to know about what some bug is doing crawling around in my mouth while I am snoring.

You can't make a beefsteak out of bugs, sorry.

You can't make wine out of bugs that anyone would drink.

You can't make a delightfully crafted and aromatic cigar out of a bug, sorry.

I will stick with my oats, bacon, steak, and maybe some veggies.

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07/02/2017 9:56 PM

It's a culture thing. What's considered good food in one part of the world is disgusting in another part.

I would never intentionally eat a bug, although I think I did once by accident while riding a motorcycle!

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07/03/2017 3:34 PM

Who says Harley drivers don't have more fun? Grasshopper...mmmm!

They do sting when one is going about 80 mph, though.

And do take care the bee. The bumble bee is a pretty little bug, but he can surely sting, so goes the old song.

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