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Can't Get Enough Daily Protein?

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EAT BUGS!

From Nat Geo Magazine.

The UNs food and agriculture Org is working on a program policy to Promote food as insects worldwide, check out these protein packed lean bugs!

Giant Water Bugs : 1 Serving (100g) Cal 62, Fat 8.3g Protein 19.8g

Small Grasshoppers: 1 Serving (100g) Cal 153 Fat 6.1g Protein 20.6g

Red Ant Eggs: 1 Serving (100g) Cal 83 Fat 3.2g Protein 7g

Crickets : 1 Serving (100g) Cal 122 Fat 5.5g Protein 12.9g

Shake those critters in a shaker with some water or milk!

100 grams is a LOT of grasshoppers.

[quote]Scott M wrote:
100 grams is a LOT of grasshoppers. [/quote]

I wonder how many cups that is…

I suppose it would depend on whether one is measuring chopped grasshoppers or whole grasshoppers.

I have heard that regarding animal crop, insects have the best return-on-investment in regards to how much food they need to grow to adult size and how much food they themselves are.

Wonder how one would prepare insects, I’m thinking that grilling them lightly might be nice as a crisp snack. Now I just need to find some that aren’t loaded with the pesticides that they are now immune to but I’m not…

we need numbers for how many bugs it takes to get to 100g

Bonez I saw numbers from 300 mg to 3 grams per grasshopper, obviously depending on the variety and maturity of the bug.

[quote]MattyXL wrote:
Red Ant Eggs: 1 Serving (100g) Cal 83 Fat 3.2g Protein 7g[/quote]

I’d like to see raw/cooked absorption data on these

[quote]chillain wrote:

[quote]MattyXL wrote:
Red Ant Eggs: 1 Serving (100g) Cal 83 Fat 3.2g Protein 7g[/quote]

I’d like to see raw/cooked absorption data on these[/quote]

But… why? lol

If you are out in the woods and are starving, eat some bugs…otherwise I’ll be sticking to beef chicken eggs and powders thank you very much.

I saw that fat guy who eats all weird shit (Andrew Zimmern) go to Mexico and eat meal worms and crickets, they made nacho flavored ones and they looked pretty fucking good.

I know I started the thread (Partly in Jest) I dont think I can eat a fucking waterbug, Just thinking about it reminds me of my old apartment, these fuckers took up so much room they should of paid rent.

Bonez, how many grams in a cup depends on what is in the cup (sounds philosophical). A gram is a measurement of mass while a cup is a measure of volume. So it could vary pretty greatly depending on what it is.

But just for an estimate, we could compare this to granulated suger and say we GROUND UP some tasty grasshoppers and that would roughly be 200 grams to a cup.

So 1/2 cup = 100 grams.

Mix that up in a shake and shazaaam!

Some more nutrional value on bugs:

Insect Protein (g)
Fat (g)
Carbohydrate
Calcium (mg)
Iron (mg)

Giant Water Beetle 19.8
8.3
2.1
43.5
13.6

Red Ant 13.9
3.5
2.9
47.8
5.7

Silk Worm Pupae 9.6
5.6
2.3
41.7
1.8

Dung Beetle 17.2
4.3
.2
30.9
7.7

Cricket 12.9
5.5
5.1
75.8
9.5

Grasshopper 20.6
6.1
3.9
35.2
5.0

Grasshopper 14.3
3.3
2.2
27.5
3.0

June Beetle 13.4
1.4
2.9
22.6
6.0

Caterpillar 28.2
N/A
N/A
N/A
35.5

Caterpillar 9.7
N/A
N/A
N/A
1.9

Termite 14.2
N/A
N/A
N/A
35.5

Weevil 6.7
N/A
N/A
N/A
13.1

Beef (Lean Ground) 27.4
N/A
N/A
N/A
3.5

Fish (Broiled Cod) 28.5
N/A
N/A
N/A
1.0

Caterpillar anyone?

“Wild caterpie attacks!”

if they were cheap and tasty ans effective, i would probs eat them

I wonder what kind of parasites use these insects during their lifecycle…

[quote]caveman101 wrote:
if they were cheap and tasty ans effective, i would probs eat them[/quote]

They are in East Asia.

All these bugs are street vendor fare out there, and they’re apparently served crispy, salty, spicy, and not unlike the chips (that most tend to overeat) out here.

Imagine throwing a bunch of these fuckers into a blender and making a “bug shake”