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Your new favorite snack is made of bugs

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Like it or not, the movement toward eating bugs is under way (you may even be eating them now without realizing it). Now before you engage your gag reflex, eating bugs is actually super common around the world and super healthy.

So it’s no wonder that three Harvard grads set out to make bug grubbing a staple of the American diet with their company Six Foods (because “six legs are better than four”) and Kickstarter project, Chirps (chips made of crickets).

Their goal of $30,000 has already been surpassed with $56,483 and 1,088 backers, at press time.

So what exactly are Chirps? Let’s meet this new crunchy snack.

 

Why crickets?

According to Six Foods, crickets are healthy, sustainable and packed with protein. While cows require 2,000 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat, crickets only need 1 gallon.

 

What ingredients are in the chips?

Beans, rice and cricket flour (slow-roasted milled crickets, which has a subtle nutty taste). According to the company, the gluten-free chips have three times the protein (7 grams to be exact) than other chip brands and half the fat. In addition, they’re high in calcium and iron.

 

What flavors do they come in?

Sea salt, hickory BBQ and aged cheddar

 

Will the company be producing other cricket snacks?

Yup — Chocolate Chirp Cookies!

 

For just a little background, the practice of eating bugs actually has a name: Entomophagy. The origin of the word, according to Insects are Food, derives from the Greek terms:

  • Éntomos, or éntomon, which means “insect(ed)” (or “cut in two,” referring to an insect’s segmented body); and

  • Phăgein, which means “to eat.”

People have been eating insects for tens of thousands of years. Today, people in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Africa, Mexico, Columbia and New Guinea — to name just a few — eat bugs for nutrition and taste.

Some of the more popular varieties inculde crickets, grasshoppers, ants, caterpillars, scorpions and tarantulas.

Read more about the history of insect-eating here.

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