Are we ready to eat bugs? numero dos

Posted on March 15, 2012. Filed under: Nutrition | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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I enjoy fitness/nutritional philosophical discussions. They are fun exercises for the mind and can give you some answers to things before they become actual hard questions.

 

For example, should there be a junk food tax? My answer is no in case anyone is wondering. I’ll get in to that in a later blog.

 

Can we rely on bugs as our new source of protein?

Well we kind of always have.

 

Fun story, I was talking with an entomologist and he said the white label which covers the neck of a certain ketchup bottle, was actually not decorative but necessary. Apparently there used to be bug fragments which would rise to the top and create a black ring around the neck of the bottle.

Apparently there is documented proof of this somewhere. But there is no way on Earth the company will ever let that be seen by public eyes. I thought it was funny, though no one else seem to think so.

 

This potential story aside most people really have no idea what they are eating any way, so why not eat bugs?

 

Remember the whole ‘Taco Bell taco stuffing scandal. For those who don’t quick recap. They got into trouble because they were not meeting FDA standards for their list of ingredients, which were as follows:

Beef, water, isolated oat product, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, oats (wheat), soy lecithin, sugar, spices, maltodextrin (a polysaccharide that is absorbed as glucose), soybean oil (anti-dusting agent), garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, caramel color, cocoa powder, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), natural flavors, yeast, modified corn starch, natural smoke flavor, salt, sodium phosphate, less than 2% of beef broth, potassium phosphate, and potassium lactate.

They got into ‘trouble’ because the stuffing was only 36% beef. And by law they have to be 40%. I’m not sure which is scarier. The fact that the standard for taco meat is so low or that they actually missed the target.

 

From Taco Bell to the infamous ‘pink slime’ at some point you have to realize you are not eating food by the definition we think. Then comes the always fun FDA food defect levels.

The idea that mass produced food will be done under clean pristine conditions was let go long ago. The FDA defect levels tells companies how much… let’s say ‘unlabeled ingredients’ you are allowed to have.  Check it out for yourself.

It’s actually quite the fun/creepy read. Here are a few items of our everyday foods.

  • Ketchup — 30 fruit fly eggs per 100 grams
  • Canned corn — 2 insect larvae per 100 grams
  • Blueberries — 2 maggots per 100 berries
  • Peanut butter — 50 insect fragments per 100 grams
  • Wheat — 1% of grains infested
  • Sesame seed — 5% of seeds infested
  • Coffee — 10% of beans infested

Now these are the measures that they cannot exceed or they will be considered contaminated. As long as they are lower than these measures, no problem.  🙂

 

Another fun story, the food that has the highest ratio of bug parts is not hot dogs, it’s Reese’s Peanut Butter cups.

 

Point being we should not look down on the idea of bugs as a source of food. Other countries are already looking at the potential of bug farming.

As we move toward the future of health and fitness in our lives. We really need to take an honest look at where our next meal is going to come from.

If you are feeling open minded check out her website

Keep Fitness Groovy,

Coach W

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