Chocolate Critters

Is your New Year’s resolution to be a little more daring?  To try something new?  To challenge yourself?  If so, we’ve got the perfect goal for you.

Eat a chocolate covered bug.

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Gulp.

We’re not even sure if we can do it.  But there are a lot of great reasons to start munching away.

Insects are actually high in protein, especially larvae.  Larave is also high in fat, but the good kind of fat.  Insects are also a good source of B vitamins and minerals like zinc and iron.  The UN Food and Argriculture Organization has calculated that dried caterpillars have a higher source of protein than beef and fish.

Giant Queen Leafcutter Ants are considered a delicacy when dipped in Belgian chocolate.  They are actually said to boost the immune system and provide an energy boost.  And they taste…nutty!  And who doesn’t love Reese’s for its combination of nuts and chocolate?  Same thing, right?

But Dutch scientist, Arnold van Huis, takes the benefits of chocolate bugs one step further: they could solve the global food crisis.  He argues eating bugs is beneficial for several reasons.  First of all, it is environmentally friendly.  Secondly, it can improve nutrition.  And lastly, it is cheap.

“The FAO has already predicted that only rich people will be able to buy beef in 20 years’ time.  If your Big Mac costs you $100 and your Bug Mac costs you $4, people will change to a Bug Mac,” he said.

The European Union even awarded $4 million in grant money for the reasearch of bugs as a food source.

In Thailand, bugs are already a regular food source.  Vendors set up along the side of the road, displaying an array of bugs to be consumed.

We are not sure where we stand on eating bugs yet, but we do love our chocolate.  Maybe 2012 will be the year we just might be persuaded to try one.

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