Many people appear shocked, even disgusted, when they are presented with the idea of eating mealworms. They’ve never considered eating insects; bugs have always been in the “not food” category in their minds.
That’s a common reaction, but sometimes logic can overcome this social sense. Here are the top three reasons to eat mealworms:
1. They’re environmentally friendly. A mealworm farm takes up zero useful land. Mealworms can even be grown in a closet or under a bed.
2. They’re a good source of protein. Mealworms contain about 25% protein, and 12% fat (1).
3. They’re tasty! When toasted in the oven, mealworms taste just like roasted nuts or seeds. They’re particularly good covered in chocolate or sprinkled on soup.
If you decide to start cooking and eating mealworms, please tell anyone you serve that there are insects in their food. Many people feel uncomfortable with the idea of eating bugs and wouldn’t like to try it. However, if you offer mealworm food along with an explanation of why you choose to eat insects, you may convince them to try.
Please treat mealworms as a real ingredient in food, and not a ‘prank’ food.1. Ghaly AE and Alkoaik FN. The Yellow Mealworm as a Novel Source of Protein. Am J of Agri Biol Sci 2009; 4(4):319-331.