This is the question I am asked more than any other. Insects fall so far outside of what is considered “food” for most people that there needs to be a good reason to consider eating them. Fair enough. Here are my top reasons:
1. They taste great! I always start with this because I think it’s the reason we choose to eat ANYTHING. When making a choice about what to eat, I believe people think first about taste and what they “feel” like eating. Sometimes people consider nutrition or ethical factors, but judging by the amount of factory-farmed, unhealthy food consumed in North America, flavour is the #1 reason people make a choice to eat anything.
2. They’re healthy. Mealworms are a source of protein. If you grown them yourself, you know exactly what they’ve eaten and that they’re hormone- and pesticide-free.
3. They’re environmentally friendly. Mealworms produce less greenhouse gases compared with larger livestock. If you grow the mealworms yourself, you also know that they were treated well. Many vegetarians make an exception for mealworms if the reason they choose not to eat meat is related to animal cruelty.
4. They’re an aphrodisiac. This is totally unproven, but like many things, if you think it’s a turn-on, then it is.
I know that is not be enough to convince everyone. It’s hard to overcome a long-nurtured dislike or even fear of insects. I have to admit, I’m still squeamish about eating cockroaches.
What are your reasons for choosing to eat insects? What do you say when people ask you this question?
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