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Make a Meal of Mealworms

By January 5, 2013

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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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January 5, 2013 at 10:43 am
(1) cathartes says:

I’ve had mealworms in my kitchen for years but only for use in rehab.

There are a few reasons I wouldn’t use them. One is the “yuck” factor. Being in America we just look at bugs as creepy little pests. And although I find insects interesting, I still can’t bring myself to eat them.

The other thing is mealworms are only as nutritious as what you feed them. Raising them on wheat bran is cheap but it doesn’t make them a good source of food. And the cost is astronomical if you buy very many of them. After the big die off of mealworms a few years ago, the prices skyrocketed. Pound for pound, regular meat is still cheaper.

And if I want a little cheap protein in my diet to cut down on meat, I’m all for quinoa. Looks nice :-) and tastes good.

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