Meals Not For The Squeamish People

by Kashif Masood | 05:40 in , |

Meals Not For The Squeamish People
In some parts of the world use to write things that seem to us simply unacceptable or even nasty. Just want to warn that further information is not for the squeamish and highly impressionable people

 Leaf-cutting ants (400 kcal per 100 grams in weight) vs chocolate (550 calories per 100 grams in weight)

Despite the aversion of the population of Western countries to eating insects, the UN expects to change the attitude to entomophage. It is planned to organize a campaign in which scientists will educate the public on issues related to the use of insects as food. As a result, it is hoped the UN, progressive people pay attention to this still untapped resource. In the end, reminiscent of the organization, the food is largely determined by the habits and fashion.


Mopane caterpillar (540 milligrams of phosphorus per 100 grams in weight) vs veal (200 milligrams of phosphorus per 100 grams in weight)

Different food preferences are generally attributed to differences in culture, which, in turn, formed under the influence of religious beliefs. Entomophage contains references to the Christian, Islamic and Jewish literature. For example, a passage from the Bible: "All winged insects, going upon all four [feet] an abomination unto you of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon four [feet], may eat those which have legs above their feet, to leap withal in the land of them still eat: the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, hargol its kind, and the grasshopper according to its kind "(Leviticus, Chapter 11)

Mealworms (90 grams of Omega-6 fats per 100 grams in weight) vs beef (10 grams of Omega-6 fats per 100 grams in weight)

In Europe, one of the first mentions of the use of insects as food refers to the ancient Greek period. "Beget they [cicadas] and in the reeds that support the vines and stems skills. These germs then fall down to the ground. They appear in large numbers in the rainy season. The worm, which has grown in the ground, it becomes tsikadnoy uterus, and then they are the most delicious, before bursting shell "(" History of Animals, "Aristotle).

Grasshoppers (46 grams of omega-6 to 100 grams in weight) vs walnuts (28 grams of omega-6 to 100 grams body weight)

Insects eaten including the ancient Romans. For example, Pliny the Elder wrote that in the empire were especially appreciated the large barbel beetle larvae oak (Cerambyx cerdo). Entomophage is considered the founder of modern Italian Ulisse Aldrovandi. He mentioned in his writings that the insects eaten mostly in Eastern civilizations, primarily in China.

 Mopane caterpillar (1000 milligrams of potassium per 100 grams in weight) vs fries (630 milligrams of potassium per 100 grams in weight)

In today's world of insects eaten in Mexico, Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia. The most popular edible insects are beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps, ants, grasshoppers, locusts, crickets, cicadas, butterflies, flies. The most delicious, judging by the popularity, are the larvae of the red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) and mopane caterpillar (Imbrasia belina). In the food is also readily consume bamboo worms, tarantulas and even some kinds of bugs.

Locust (28 grams protein per 100 grams of weight) vs lobster (19 grams protein per 100 grams body weight)

In the western world, not only insects do not eat - the mere mention of the use of them for food, many can cause vomiting. The unequivocal answer to the question why entomophage not favor in the West, no. One of the most popular theory states that the Christian preachers proclaimed at the time of the pagan tradition of eating insects. In addition, in Western culture was felt that entomophagy - the lot of hungry and backward peoples.

    Mexican grasshoppers chapulĂ­n (48 grams protein per 100 grams of weight) vs mackerel (28 grams protein per 100 grams body weight)

The UN has said that the attitude to entomophage worth reviewing for several reasons. In particular, insect require less feed than the animals. To get a kilo of chicken meat to 2.5 kilograms of feed, pork - five pounds of beef - ten pounds of feed. For comparison, the pins kilogram edible grasshoppers to 1.7 kg of feed.

 Palm beetle larvae (36 grams protein per 100 grams of weight) vs squid (18 grams protein per 100 grams body weight)

Growing insect is more environmentally friendly. Livestock contributes about 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, that is, the industry pollutes the environment more than the transport sector. Insects are responsible for the emission of one hundred times smaller amounts of harmful gases, in addition, they require much less water.

 Crickets (25 grams protein per 100 grams of weight) vs Pork (15 grams protein per 100 grams body weight)

The UN has said that the insects can breed for later consumption. In some countries, the industry has been interested in the business. In particular, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam are bred crickets. So far, however, the cultivation of insects are not put on stream, even in those countries where entomophagy is a tradition. The locals are bred crickets in sheds in the backyards of their homes.

 Termites (530 kcal per 100 grams in weight) vs doctoral sausage (260 calories per 100 grams in weight)

The few entrepreneurs who have decided to breed insects are faced with many challenges, chief among them - the lack of relevant experience in industrial scale. This industry can be profitable only when insects can be grown in large quantities. Also, due to the negative attitude of the West towards a more developed entomophage this phenomenon are poorly understood. Some supporters entomophage offer to build breeding of insects in the category of academic disciplines.

Termites (28 grams protein per 100 grams of weight) vs perch (18 grams protein per 100 grams body weight)

One of the pioneers in the breeding of insects in Europe was the Dutch Kreca. This is a family owned company that for 35 years supplying insects - mostly producers of animal feed. Kreca grows beetle larvae, cockroaches, grasshoppers, which are first dried and then frozen. Subsequently, these insects can be milled into flour and used to extract protein powder. It is possible that some consumers are already eating insects in a way totally unaware of it.

  Ant-tailor (1270 kcal per 100 grams in weight) vs pork fat (720 kcal per 100 grams in weight)

An example of a successful company, a dilution of insects, may also serve as a South African AgriProtein, which grows common houseflies. The production is a relatively non-spending - as a feed company uses bowel movements, including human. Flies breed, employees collect eggs that are dried and ground. AgriProtein started with a very small production volumes, now in the day issued a few hundred kilograms of dry protein in the future it is planned to increase production to one hundred tons per day.

Australian locust (499 kcal per 100 grams in weight) vs smoked sausage (470 calories per 100 grams in weight)

Rearing of insects for human consumption may not be less profitable than the production of these protein powder for animals. For example, a kilogram of larvae of the ant genus Liometopum intermediaries in Mexico give 30 dollars, and then re-sell to foreign companies at least six times more expensive. In Laos pounds of grasshoppers is worth up to ten euros, while in the Netherlands the same amount will have to pay a 35 grasshoppers.