It's official – science says scorpions and super worms should be a central part of our diet.
While most people are turning to veganism in a bid to fight climate change, new research shows that a bug-based diet could be more effective. This approach is already adopted by 80% of Asia and Africa and is now seeping into the West as we become more aware of its environmental and health benefits.
Bug production is a far more efficient protein source than cattle – common cricket production is found to be 20x more efficient. Crickets also produce much less methane than cattle which is one of the major environmental issues with meat production. Gram to gram with conventional beef, producing insect protein requires less land and water making it a much more environmental choice.
What's more, bugs are a surprising source of protein. Those who have transitioned to a vegan diet due to climate change might want to rethink their decision as protein is a key macronutrient that vegans often find difficult to intake. For example, 100g of cricket contains 5.5g of fat, 5.1g of carbohydrates and an impressive 12.9g of protein.
Will you join the growing population of bug eaters? View Kolabtree's latest infographic to find out.