Overcoming the “Ick Factor”: Here’s Why We Should All Be Eating Bugs [VIDEO]

TED-ed explains the numerous benefits of entomophagy.

Apparently, bugs are the solution to all of our problems. Ok, maybe not all, but this awesome TED-Ed video condenses information from a report by the Food and Agricultural Organization which shows the numerous benefits of bug consumption. Bugs are high in protein and iron, much less harmful to the environment than their animal counterparts, and can be quite delicious.

Companies such as Chapul and Exo, based in San Francisco and Brooklyn respectively, are attempting to normalize insect consumption. Both companies integrate insects into energy bars, making them unidentifiable and therefore easier for bug-adverse Westerners to wrap their minds and their mouths around. Entomophagy is on the rise, and all people have to do to embrace it is overcome the “ick factor” and scarf down some crickets.

[via TED-Ed]

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