Mmmm Crickets


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For some reason the other day when I was eating a salad, I was thinking about how I am eating leaves and my mind wandered to bugs.  I'm sure you all have heard of Fear Factor and the eating challenge.  I thought back to an episode where contestants had to sit in a bucket of live leeches, have their partner suck twenty of them off, and then each of them had to eat ten.  It was appalling and I could barely watch without feeling noxious.  I could not imagine having to eat live insets right out of a bucket as a snack.  Thumbnail image for Fear-Factor-Scorpions.jpg
In addition to this, Angelina Jolie said that her kids "ate crickets like Doritos" and they wouldn't stop because they tasted so good.  I mean I cringed when I saw that but apparently bugs can be a healthy snack.

Entomophagy is the official word for the practice of eating insects.  There are an estimated 1,462 species of edible insects.  Insects are very nutritional; they tend to be high in protein and low in carbohydrates.  A cricket, for example, has 121 calories, 12.9 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of fat, and 5.1 grams of carbohydrates.  One who even knows their insects and the care needed to harvest them in the "wild" can collect bugs from local areas.  
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So now after a workout, instead of that protein shake you make with powder and water, try a few crickets as a new source of protein.  They might be as tasty as Doritos.  

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This is a very interesting topic to blog about. It may sound kind of weird but I was actually aware of this interesting fact. Over the summer, my business management teacher brought flavored crickets to class one day as a prize for one of our group activities. After class I decided to research the nutritional facts of crickets. Yes, I was that bored. I think I'm speaking on behalf of most people when I say that I would never choose to eat crickets on my own. However, this is a very cool fact to know.

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