Could I interest you in an inexpensive, environmentally responsible meal plan which would reduce your grocery bill and possibly your waistline at the same time? Are you interested in eating foods which provide highly digestible protein, low fat content and which cost just pennies per pound to produce? Are you concerned about the handling of livestock in meat processing operations and the energy intensive production of beef cattle and other livestock for human consumption? I have the solution to all your concerns. Eat more bugs.
Ever since time began, we as a species have been eating bugs. If you ascribe to the notion of evolutionary theory, then the truth of this matter would be even more plain. In the development of our civilization, such as it is, two undeniable facts have run throughout. It takes a bi-gendered couple to procreate, and we must consume an adequate amount of calories and hydrating liquids to survive.
Bugs are all around us. The chances are, several of them are within earshot of you right at this very moment. They survive without anyone placing them in a feedlot. They're generally clean and easy to maintain. The best part might be that PETA probably doesn't give a damn about them because they're not all furry and warm with soulful eyes that pity mongers can use to extract your endless cash donations.
The edible insect site at www.eatbug.com/ reports that the nutritional value of crickets is as follows: " 100 grams of cricket contains: 121 calories, 12.9 grams of protein, 5.5 g. of fat, 5.1 g. of carbohydrates, 75.8 mg. calcium, 185.3 mg. of phosphorous, 9.5 mg. of iron, 0.36 mg. of thiamine, 1.09 mg. of riboflavin, and 3.10 mg. of niacin." Compare that to the same amount of beef which contains:" 23.5 g. protein, 288.2 calories and a whopping 21.2 grams of fat!" Although beef offers more protein per pound than your ordinary cricket sandwich, it also requires you to consume a high concentration of animal fat, which is where animals store all the nasty chemicals which modern agriculture is mainly sustained upon. You wonder why our country is becoming all diabetic and fat? Track back the data relative to the use of hormones in food production and the increases in human body fat. The FDA says growth hormones in cows milk are not dangerous, but have you ever wondered about those sixth grade girls with bust lines Pam Anderson would envy? They didn't make girls like that when I went to grade school.
For a good launching point on the subject of bug eating, check out this launch page from The University of Kentucky. They do caution us though, insect eating may not be for people with food allergies. Insects on salad, insects in flour, insects as candy, it's enough to make you go buggy. As for me, I'll have another bacon cheese burger with hot house tomatoes, potassium-cured pickles, and butter fried onions along with a malted milkshake and curly fries with salt and ketchup. With the level of physical demand that I place upon my body from day to day, somehow I don't think I could eat enough meal-worm-topped salads with low-fat ranch dressing to keep up with the workload.