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December 26, 2011

The Rise of Insect Cuisine

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Above: Waterbug Papaya Salad: "A salty, watermelon Jolly Rancher flavor, with a fishy finish. Wine pairing: Prosecco."

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Long story short: A growing number of insect suppliers are promoting bugs as food for people, selling organically raised mealworms and crickets for as much as $40 a pound.

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From Caroline Winter's November 21, 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek article: "Insects are often packed with amino acids, fats, vitamins, and nutrients. Stinkbug, for instance, contains about the same amount of protein per gram as steak and six times as much iron."

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More: "California-based BugMuscle has a patent pending for arthropod-based nutritional supplements. Founder Dianne Guilfoyle says her recipes may include crickets, mealworms, ants, or even housefly pupae, which she says taste like blood sausage due to their high iron content. Since insects are a legal source of steroids, her products should appeal to  'cage fighters, bodybuilders, and extreme athletes,' which could help with marketing, says Guilfoyle, a nutrition supervisor for her local school district. 'I thought that if people see bodybuilders taking it, they might accept it more willingly.'"

I wonder what the NFL's position will be.

Stay tuned.

December 26, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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