Ah, just when you thought you’ve found something safe to snack on, that will give you stamina, healthy protein and other nutrients without rotting your teeth and brain, or go straight to the hips. Two young entrepreneurs in Brooklyn, NY, Gabi Lewis and Greg Sewitz, graduates of Brown University, have devised a new energy bar that is, frankly, revolting. Call it healthy strictly in terms of the nutritional value of the ingredients if you like, but these cricket bars, developed and soon to be marketed by the pair’s Exo company, may only give you the strength to race to the nearest barf bag.
The duo claims to have been inspired by a report by the United Nations stating that up to eighty per cent of the world eats insects already. Deliberately, that is. This finding purports that consuming six-legged critters is a great way to get protein and could help solve the hunger problems faced by many underdeveloped nations. For starters, this does not face the fact that a large number of insects carry diseases that can wipe out entire populations, such as malaria. Aside from that it is quietly being ignored that while the wealthier nations are eating meat for their protein source, it is always the poorer countries that are encouraged to eat insects. Is there an underlying aspect of prejudice in there? Rather than Marie Antoinette’s casual remark, “Let them eat cake” when confronted with the evidence that her subjects had no bread, the “haves” of the earth are saying “Let them eat bugs” to the “have-nots”. Remember what happened to Marie Antoinette…there are many people who, if told to eat insect protein, would render the same results to their steak-chomping leaders.
The Exo product does obtain its pestilent protein from cricket farms where the “livestock” is supposedly raised in a healthy, clean environment. The insects are eventually converted into flour (don’t worry, no description of the process will be given here) and mixed with various other ingredients like cacao, almonds, and coconut. What won’t be listed on the label of this bar is the “ick factor”, which will be in the amount of much more than the Recommended Daily Allowance.
For those who love a good gross-out, like youngsters who dare each other (often even involving wagers) to eat disgusting things, these energy bars will provide great entertainment. For people who need something in an emergency to induce vomiting, there’s another plus. For the rest of us, here is yet one more reason to become interested in turning vegan.
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