Eating bugs, crickets, worms, and other critters is frequently associated as tribal behavior. But believe it or not, this up-tight, fashion model has taken the plunge, downing every crunchy cricket in site. So although this may be good practice for your gag-reflex, here's what it takes for these bug-eating beauties to gobble down these online crickets.
There are probably many thoughts sprinting through your mind right now. Like why would anyone eat bugs? Or, what the hell would anyone eat bugs? But nevertherless, just as this model has figured out, there are quite a few benefits that come from eating crickets, and other bugs. And these benefits are not only helpful for the person eating them, but they are also helpful towards the environment.
The Protein, Omega, Iron, and More
Bugs are some of the most nutritionally dense creatures on the planet. They boast a supple amount of protein, omega, iron, and other nitrates that our bodies crave. And since there are billions and billions different types of insects, we'll limit our examples to our favorite insect; the cricket.
Crickets contain bout 65% protein. And that protein is not only essential for muscle and brain development, but it also means that they contain essential amino acids. But aside from the critical proteins, there's supple amounts of rich omega 3 and 6, which is excellent for brain development. And when you compare the nutritional benefits to cows, it becomes immediately apparent that crickets offer more iron. And as everyone knows, iron is a great mineral for your blood.
More Efficient Than Livestock
And now that we've mentioned that sacred cow, there's a significant difference in environmental efficiency. Firstly, cows require a shit load of water. 2025 gallons of water for 1 pound of beef. This makes the cattle sound like a thirsty mother fucker. But actually, a majority of that water is used to grow the corn that the cattle feeds on. And when you compare how much water a cricket needs, well, there is no comparison. A cricket is practically weightless, and can live off a rain drop of water, which is drastically less than what cows need.
And additionally, cows, and the agriculture they need requires about 36% of the land. Comparitively, a business can breed million of crickets in a 10,000 square foot facility. So there's a drastic difference in land requirements.
Crickets Already Feed A Majority of The World
And although eating crickets or other creepy crawlies seems fairly uncommon, it's actually pretty common. We need to realize that our western culture isn't accustomed to eating insects. Some speculate that it's because of the heavy agriculture that we do as a nation. And that insects are commonly counter-productive to our agriculture initiative. But in other nations, such as African, China, and India, eating insects is actually very common. And not only is it common, but preparing them is considered a delicacy.
So although we can look at the consumption of crickets and other insects as repulsive, lets not forget this daring model, who eats these nutritionally dense creatures for their nutritional value. And she also recognizes that the western way isn't the only way.