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Bugs... eating insects on Paleo diet
« on: October 22, 2017, 10:51:49 AM »
If things go the way the dutch government have planned, i might need to actually go foraging to be able to afford food, while it would be the ultimate paleo diet that way. It would also mean breaking laws, as i'll never be able to get a hunting license here... So foraging for plant matter is already frowned upon but that is possible, a fishing license is not hard to get either.

However i read a lot about bugs being high quality protein sources, and while mealworms are easy to farm they are usually farmed on oats, so i was wondering if anyone here has experience with eating bugs and knows which ones are easy to culture and not too gross to prepare.


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Re: Bugs...
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2017, 05:40:46 AM »
Interesting post!  But not as weird as you may think.

Insects are a huge protein source in less developed areas and I believe the UN and other large government sources have claimed it's the best bet heading forward for feeding 6,7... 10 billion people.  Actually, some text I just read said they "urge" us to consider it strongly.

There are 1,900 edible insects varieties.  I've heard fried locusts are popular. 

Here is a link to their PDF entitled Edible Insects:  Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security
http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3253e/i3253e.pdf

And here are the Top 8 insects to try apparently  :D

1. Beetles

The most commonly eaten beetles are the long-horned, june, dung, and rhinoceros varieties. These are munched by people living in the Amazon basin, parts of Africa, and other heavily forested regions, both tropical and temperate, as diverse species are easily found in trees, fallen logs, and on the forest floor. (Native Americans, I've heard, would roast them over coals and eat them like popcorn.) They are efficient at turning cellulose from trees (indigestible to humans) into digestible fat. Beetles also have more protein than most other insects.

2. Butterflies and Moths

They do more than look pretty fluttering across a meadow; these winged insects, during their larval and pupal stages, are succulent and full of protein and iron. They're very popular in African countries, and are an excellent supplement for children and pregnant women who may be deficient in these nutrients. In Central and South America, fat and fleshy agave worms, which live between the leaves of the agave plant and turn into butterflies, are highly sought after for food and as the famed worm dropped into mescal, a Mexican liquor. Cultivation of these worms could help protect them from overharvesting.

3. Bees and Wasps

We love bees for their honey, but they have more to give. Indigenous people in Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, and Mexico commonly eat these insects when they are in their immature stages. Stingless bees are most commonly munched, with wasps a distant second. Bee brood (bees still in egg, larval, or pupal form tucked away in hive cells) taste like peanuts or almonds. Wasps, some say, have a pine-nutty flavor.

4. Ants

You're probably thinking that it takes a lot of ants to make a meal. True. But they pack a punch: 100 grams of red ant (one of thousands of ant species) provide some 14 grams of protein (more than eggs), nearly 48 grams of calcium, and a nice hit of iron, among other nutrients. All that in less than 100 calories. Plus, they're low in carbs.

5. Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Locusts

Grasshoppers and their ilk are the most consumed type of insect, probably because they're simply all over the place and they're easy to catch. There are a lot of different kinds, and they're a great protein source. The hoppers have a neutral flavor, so they pick up other flavors nicely. Cricket curry, anyone? Meanwhile, locusts move in swarms that devastate vegetation in countries where people are already struggling to eat—one of several reasons to turn them into dinner. (See video: Family prepares a cricket stir-fy.)

6. Flies and Mosquitoes

Not as popular as some of the others, these insects—including edible termites and, yes, lice—still have a place at some tables. Flies that develop on various types of cheese take on the flavor of their host, and the species from water habitats may taste like duck or fish.

7. Water Boatmen and Backswimmers

Easy to cultivate and harvest, these cosmopolitan little guys deposit eggs on the stems of aquatic plants, in both freshwater and saltwater environments—even in stagnant water. The eggs can be dried and shaken from the plants to make Mexican caviar (tastes like shrimp), or eaten fresh for their fishy flavor.

8. Stinkbugs

If you can get past the funky smell, these insects apparently add an apple flavor to sauces and are a valuable source of iodine. They're also known to have anesthetic and analgesic properties. Who would have thought?


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Re: Bugs... eating insects on Paleo diet
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2017, 08:02:14 AM »
Well something i can farm myself would be convinient, wood eating beetle larvae shouldn't be too hard, i'll just have to ask the farm i go to for wood scraps from their forest maintenance.

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Re: Bugs... eating insects on Paleo diet
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2017, 11:36:20 AM »
Hey there,

Funny that you're asking this. Not too long ago I was discussing this with my girlfriend who lives across the ocean how eating bugs can be good for you. Depending on where you go, eating bugs is actually a normal thing to do.

As far as foraging, well... I know that we eat snails here, and I've seen grilled worms being sold in supermarkets as well. What kind of insects do you see yourself eating?

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Re: Bugs... eating insects on Paleo diet
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 12:45:45 PM »
I have tried locusts and crickets so far, but i can't farm either here, mealworms would be easy to farm by feeding them grain, but i can't figure out their natural food, i know buffalo worms eat a more varied diet but there aren't any good guides to be found. And buying bugs is not a good option as they are more expensive than normal meat.

I looked up beetle grubs that eat rotten wood, those gross me out, so maybe when i'm more used to the idea...

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