Food Industry Pushing Insects as Next Food Craze

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    Aug 03, 2014 2:53 AM GMT
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    NYT: Megan Miller, a co-founder of Bitty Foods; Melissa Fairchild Clark; another co-founder, Leslie Ziegler; and Kelly Williamson made a small batch of orange ginger cookies using Bitty Foods’ cricket flour.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/business/jiminy-cricket-bugs-could-be-next-food-craze.html?_r=0
  • buddycat

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    Aug 03, 2014 8:36 AM GMT
    They are always trying to push eating insects like meal worms. Ewww, not going to eat them.
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    Aug 03, 2014 2:41 PM GMT
    Well, with my over-analysis-to-paralysis mind, I reached my opinion after going over these thoughts:

    I think a hipster approach to eating things like insects is just goofy. "Ooo, no one eats insects, it'll be cool to say I do." Just do it because you wanted the experience of what it was like, no statement necessary.

    There's the creative cooking angle. "We're chefs, we want to innovate, let's make a delicious food out of something no one would suspect--like insects!" I approve more of this. They have the freedom to make their baked bugs, and we enjoy the freedom of deciding whether to eat it or not.

    What about the population angle. "Science is looking to insects as being the next way of trying to solve world hunger, in parts of the world where people aren't receiving enough nutrients to lead a healthy life. Insects might be bred/grown/harvested, their essential nutritional matter taken and used." A lot of the world already eats bugs and insects because they're cheap and provide some nutritional value--and if bugs are all you got to eat, you might as well make it interesting.

    But the population point above isn't as relevant here, since this seems to mainly be catering to the 'whole foods' market here in the US. So my final opinion is...okay! Sounds good! Dunno what it tastes like, but I'll give it a try if it's in my area, and if I like it, great! If not, I'm not forced to eat it! And if I'm forced to eat it (due to circumstances), then yeah, I'll eat it!

    Just don't start telling me that it has 0 carbs and will help me lose weight while detoxing my body, cause then I'll totally call bullshit.
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    Aug 03, 2014 2:44 PM GMT
    Kodiak saidWell, with my over-analysis-to-paralysis mind, I reached my opinion after going over these thoughts:

    I think a hipster approach to eating things like insects is just goofy. "Ooo, no one eats insects, it'll be cool to say I do." Just do it because you wanted the experience of what it was like, no statement necessary.

    There's the creative cooking angle. "We're chefs, we want to innovate, let's make a delicious food out of something no one would suspect--like insects!" I approve more of this. They have the freedom to make their baked bugs, and we enjoy the freedom of deciding whether to eat it or not.

    What about the population angle. "Science is looking to insects as being the next way of trying to solve world hunger, in parts of the world where people aren't receiving enough nutrients to lead a healthy life. Insects might be bred/grown/harvested, their essential nutritional matter taken and used." A lot of the world already eats bugs and insects because they're cheap and provide some nutritional value--and if bugs are all you got to eat, you might as well make it interesting.

    But the population point above isn't as relevant here, since this seems to mainly be catering to the 'whole foods' market here in the US. So my final opinion is...okay! Sounds good! Dunno what it tastes like, but I'll give it a try if it's in my area, and if I like it, great! If not, I'm not forced to eat it! And if I'm forced to eat it (due to circumstances), then yeah, I'll eat it!

    Just don't start telling me that it has 0 carbs and will help me lose weight while detoxing my body, cause then I'll totally call bullshit.

    +1

    I can only agree to this. Very good points.
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    Aug 03, 2014 2:54 PM GMT
    Not to Freak out some people but in foods we already eat there is insect parts/ animal hooves, Beaver anal gland extract etc etc.......( all called by different things). some crazy stuff in food. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 03, 2014 3:06 PM GMT
    lookinforcars101 saidNot to Freak out some people but in foods we already eat there is insect parts/ animal hooves, Beaver anal gland extract etc etc.......( all called by different things). some crazy stuff in food. icon_biggrin.gif


    EXACTLY!! A damn good point I somehow completely missed (must have reached paralysis before finishing my analysis). We already eat 'stuff' we often don't realize, which could be replaced with insects and we wouldn't even knowing it. If you use an orange to create a glass of orange juice, and someone adds spinach puree which accounts for say, under 5% of the volume of the cup--would you even notice it? The food industries of the world have been using all sorts of things to fill out their foods--very little of what you buy [pre-packaged] at the grocery store is 100% 'pure'. When was the last time you bought a box of cookies, and all it said in the ingredients was "flour, sugar, salt, chocolate, eggs, baking powder, milk"?

    Although maybe cookies aren't the best example to use on these fitness forums...although the article is about cookies, so I guess it works...

    ...And cheers for the +1 Frogman! Glad I'm thinking and posting stuff other folks can agree with; makes me genuinely happy.
  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 03, 2014 3:43 PM GMT
    Kodiak said Just don't start telling me that it has 0 carbs and will help me lose weight while detoxing my body, cause then I'll totally call bullshit.


    You mean a gluten-free, fat-free, dairy-free, soy-free, free range, locally-grown, 100% organic superfood? Because then it's obviously really good for you! icon_rolleyes.gif

    All the bugs I've ever eaten were delicious. The deep-fried bees in China in particular. In terms of biomass, there are more insects on this planet than anything else, so why shouldn't we find a way to eat them that doesn't involve accidentally inhaling one on a bike ride?
  • heyom

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    Aug 03, 2014 4:40 PM GMT
    you already eat crabs, lobster and shrimp. those are basically the insects of the sea.

    insects are very healthy and protein-rich.

    They have been eaten forever. The bible (Torach) mentions locusts as kosher, while it considers unclean the seafood mentioned earlier.
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    Aug 03, 2014 4:54 PM GMT
    If it tastes good then it doesn't seem like that bad of an idea, however that price is pretty ridiculous so I'll be skipping out until a major price drop if that ever happens
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    Aug 03, 2014 6:59 PM GMT
    heyom saidyou already eat crabs, lobster and shrimp. those are basically the insects of the sea.

    insects are very healthy and protein-rich.

    They have been eaten forever. The bible (Torach) mentions locusts as kosher, while it considers unclean the seafood mentioned earlier.


    +1000

    Spiders are the evolutionary cousins of crabs, grasshoppers to lobsters and shrimps. Such a new and exciting way to get your protein.
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    Aug 03, 2014 7:22 PM GMT
    ursa_minor said
    heyom saidyou already eat crabs, lobster and shrimp. those are basically the insects of the sea.

    insects are very healthy and protein-rich.

    They have been eaten forever. The bible (Torach) mentions locusts as kosher, while it considers unclean the seafood mentioned earlier.


    +1000

    Spiders are the evolutionary cousins of crabs, grasshoppers to lobsters and shrimps. Such a new and exciting way to get your protein.


    Ha! When you put it like that, it does sound pretty badass!
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    Aug 03, 2014 8:54 PM GMT
    Back in the 80's, when my office-mate made cookies with crickets (crunchy) he called them "chocolate-chirp cookies."
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    Aug 03, 2014 9:21 PM GMT
    ^ Giggles! That is the funniest thing I have heard in a while.
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    Aug 03, 2014 10:05 PM GMT
    heyom saidyou already eat crabs, lobster and shrimp. those are basically the insects of the sea.

    insects are very healthy and protein-rich.

    They have been eaten forever. The bible (Torach) mentions locusts as kosher, while it considers unclean the seafood mentioned earlier.




    Because I realize this, I have never had any seafood!
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    Aug 03, 2014 11:44 PM GMT
    ursa_minor said
    heyom saidyou already eat crabs, lobster and shrimp. those are basically the insects of the sea.

    insects are very healthy and protein-rich.

    They have been eaten forever. The bible (Torach) mentions locusts as kosher, while it considers unclean the seafood mentioned earlier.


    +1000

    Spiders are the evolutionary cousins of crabs, grasshoppers to lobsters and shrimps. Such a new and exciting way to get your protein.



    Um nope. Crabs and spiders are both arthropods, but they are different groups of arthropods. Crabs are known as crustaceans and they are more closely related to other crustaceans, such as lobsters, crayfish, shrimp and krill. The spiders are classified in Chelicerata, along with scorpions, horseshoe crabs, and mites. Therefore a crab did not evolve into a spider nor did a spider evolve into a crab.
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    Aug 03, 2014 11:46 PM GMT
    lookinforcars101 saidNot to Freak out some people but in foods we already eat there is insect parts/ animal hooves, Beaver anal gland extract etc etc.......( all called by different things). some crazy stuff in food. icon_biggrin.gif



    Yes, raisins have housefly eggs.
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    Aug 04, 2014 1:36 AM GMT
    I'll stick the same diet I had since like forever, though I like seafood, crabs, shrimps. The most exotic meat I had were Lamb and Bunny? ... This thread reminds of the Amazing Race (Season 14) where contestants Raced to Beijing China and one of the detour roadblock was to eat Fried Crickets and fried Black Scorpions from a street vendor. Urg, the thought of it makes me feeling sick and queasy. icon_lol.gificon_redface.gif
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    Aug 04, 2014 3:47 PM GMT
    Whatever happened to the "Michelle Obama Arms Craze"?
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    Aug 04, 2014 5:25 PM GMT
    kevex said
    ursa_minor said
    heyom saidyou already eat crabs, lobster and shrimp. those are basically the insects of the sea.

    insects are very healthy and protein-rich.

    They have been eaten forever. The bible (Torach) mentions locusts as kosher, while it considers unclean the seafood mentioned earlier.


    +1000

    Spiders are the evolutionary cousins of crabs, grasshoppers to lobsters and shrimps. Such a new and exciting way to get your protein.



    Um nope. Crabs and spiders are both arthropods, but they are different groups of arthropods. Crabs are known as crustaceans and they are more closely related to other crustaceans, such as lobsters, crayfish, shrimp and krill. The spiders are classified in Chelicerata, along with scorpions, horseshoe crabs, and mites. Therefore a crab did not evolve into a spider nor did a spider evolve into a crab.


    Well you read wrong, I never said one evolved from the other. I know my Zoology. ;-) But anyway, eat your insects for better reading comprehension.