Eating healthier is always a popular goal this time of year, but would you be willing to eat insects if it meant a healthier diet and better use of resources? According to LiveScience, a new study from the Netherlands has revealed that mealworms are more easily sustainable and use fewer resources than other forms of meat, including beef, pork and chicken. Adding mealworms to other foods as a supplemental protein source could be a solution to the rising demands of agricultural livestock and the need for sustainable, affordable food sources.
Would you be willing to eat mealworms, the same squirmy treats you feed backyard birds such as bluebirds, chickadees and robins? Roasted mealworms have a crisp texture and a nutty flavor, and added to other foods in small proportions may not be at all noticeable. But could you do it? Share your dietary decisions in the comments!
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