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  • Many people find the very thought of insects disgusting - especially when they're in your

  • mouth. But

  • have you ever considered that insects could be more nutritious, environmentally friendly,

  • and abundant

  • than most other foods? Should we all be eating insects?

  • Compare 100 g of crickets, to 100 g of chicken, beef or pork, and you'll find they have comparable

  • protein content, but crickets are much higher in essential vitamins and minerals such as

  • calcium, zinc

  • and iron. Similarly, insects like mealworms are low in fat, and contain large amounts

  • of fibre.

  • But, that's not the only reason to incorporate them into your diet. Currently there are 1.53

  • billion

  • hectares of cropland and 3.38 billion hectares of pastures covering our Earth. Essentially,

  • 38% of the

  • land you see on a map is used for agriculture and farming. But where it takes 200 square

  • meters of land

  • to grow 1 lb of beef, it only takes 15 square meters to grow 1lb of crickets.

  • Furthermore, by 2025 its expected that 1.8 billion people will live in areas with little

  • to no fresh water. And yet, 70%

  • of our fresh water sources are used in agriculture alone! To produce 1 kg

  • of beef it takes

  • 22,000 litres of water, whereas 1 kg of pork takes 3,500 litres, and 1 kg of chicken takes

  • 2,300 litres. But

  • to make 1 kg of crickets? It only requires 1 litre of water! This is because insects

  • can become fully

  • hydrated just from the food that they eat. They're also more digestible - In fact, 80%

  • of a cricket is edible

  • and digestible compared to 50% of a chicken and 40% of cattle.

  • And its not like our mouths have never tasted insects before. For every 100g of spinach,

  • 50 small

  • insects like aphids, thrips and mites are permitted. Peanut butter is allowed to contain

  • roughly 30 insect

  • fragments - such as heads, bodies or legs - per 100g. And even the hops used to make

  • your favourite

  • beer can contain 250 aphids per 100g. Yup - your summer beer may be spiked with a little

  • more bug juice

  • than you anticipated.

  • So WHY aren't we eating insects? They're actually consumed in some parts of Asia, Latin America

  • and Africa.

  • In fact, the capital of Congo has households eating 300 g of caterpillars a

  • week, which is 96

  • tonnes of caterpillars every year! But much of the Western world is used to screaming

  • in disgust if

  • they find a bug in their salad! This may be because western culinary traditions have spawned

  • out of

  • colder climates with less insects, increased farming and larger animals to eat. As Europeans

  • began to

  • colonize the world, they contextualized bug eating as savage and primitive because they

  • observed many

  • indigenous people doing it. Little did they know, bugs are actually extremely nutritious!

  • But while the idea of eating insects may literally be hard to swallow, as recipes are created,

  • processing technology evolves and our mindsets adapt, maybe insects will become the superfood

  • of the future.

  • Look out greek yogourt and kale! There are some new kids in town.

  • We actually challenged ourselves to chomp down on some bugs, try out a few recipes,

  • and eat things

  • like cookies and snack bars using insect flour, in our latest AsapTHOUGHT video. We also discuss

  • the role

  • and potential for insects in helping to solve world hunger. Make sure to click the screen

  • or the link in the

  • description below to check it out!

  • And subscribe for more weekly science videos!

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我們都應該吃昆蟲嗎? (Should We All Be Eating Insects?)

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    姚易辰 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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