This came to mind while I was cleaning the first greens from my CSA. A couple ants were hiding in the leaves, and I mumbled "go away I don't want protein on my lettuce!". It got me thinking, insects are essentially an inexhaustible food source. Think about it this way: we can barely slow down ants and spiders and such with modern chemicals. It would make a great deal of sense for insects to be a decent (5-10% of calories) source of nutrition. Most of our closest genetic relatives eat a great deal of bugs.
Given that, what do you guys think? Are there trace elements that we are lacking because we no longer eat bugs? Iodine, etc? I'd love to hear what you guys think!
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on May 24, 2011
at 04:25 PM
Actually I have read that insects have 10 times more protein per ounce than beef. Native hunter gatherer societies still eat insects. Go ahead, leave those ants on your lettuce!
on May 24, 2011
at 05:02 PM
Years ago, a vegetarian friend said she'd read that vegetarians get enough biotin from bugs that get into food (don't know if this is actually true) and the ones we accidentally swallow while sleeping/etc. If you think about grain silos and how grains are processed, it's pretty easy to imagine that there are bugs ground up in every kind of flour imaginable, and vegetarians typically consume a lot of grains, so I suppose it's plausible.
There are probably plenty of bugs in foods consumed on paleo diets as well when manufacturing processes and shipping are taken into consideration, so bugs probably are a staple, just one we're not aware of.
Much longer ago, I was in Paris, and walking down Champs Elys??e, eating a wonderful (non-paleo) sandwich with roasted pork hanging right at the stand. It was delicious, with French mayo and lettuce and tomato. I was savoring it, and the get the most of the last few bites, I opened it up to rearrange the ingredients. There were two rather large ants on the bun...