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The Bible and Then the Time When Bear Grylls Ate a Maggot

Reformed Eve is a daughter of God, which makes her royalty - no matter what the world throws at her. She straightens her crown quite often.

Good News Versus Bad News

You're probably knee-deep in Coronavirus-related news. Most of the news conveys deaths, bad news, and more doom and gloom. I was curious as to what kind of 'good news' existed out there, so I Googled "good news". I came across a website called the Good News Network, and an interesting article on there left me with mixed feelings. First, I thought 'disgusting'. Then, I thought, "Well, it makes sense." Finally, my thought was, "Oh, I read about this in the Bible".

The Meat Industry May Fade Soon

One of the doom and gloom articles in a famous, depressing news website mentioned that the production of meat is at jeopardy, as at least half (or more) workers have been infected with corona-virus. People usually don't think of the hard work, behind the scenes, that farmers put in to make sure you have food on your table, even if toilet paper may be out of stock at your nearby store. Alarmingly, the meat company may close soon, so you may find a lack of meat, which means a lack of well-loved protein. So what's next?

Maggots, Grasshoppers and Ant Larva...Oh, My.

An interesting article mentioned that in the name of sustainability, Insect snacks are being created for human consumption. You're probably imagining Bear Grylls ripping into a nasty, juicy maggot. I'm picturing a strange worm in a clear lollipop that someone presented to me as a child. (I didn't eat it, but as an adult, I have discovered that it's probably best that I didn't eat it.) Insects at first seem disgusting to think about when it comes to food. I'm in Texas, as we eat A LOT of Mexican food, like tacos with salsa, barbacoa, menudo. Did you know that REAL Mexican food includes insects? Grasshoppers to be precise. These cooked grasshoppers are called chapulines. They are usually tenderly snuggled in a corn tortilla and covered in some kind of chile sauce. People eat them everyday. It's a staple Mexican dish. Mexico's edible insects also include Maguey (moth larva in agave plants, Escamoles (ant larvae), Jumiles (Stink bugs), and Hormigas Chicatanas (Atta Ants). They're healthy. Grasshoppers have 20 grams of protein and six grams of fat for every one hundred grams. Fire Ants have almost 14 grams of protein and three and a half grams of fat. Crickets provide calcium, iron, and zinc. The protein in grasshoppers is close to that of a same-sized serving of chicken breast, except the grasshopper has more fat while boasting zero carbohydrates.

What The Bible Says About Eating Insects

Locusts. Beetles. Grasshoppers.

It's Biblical.

In the King James version, Leviticus 11:22 says: Even these of them he may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind." The revised English Version mentions great locusts, long-headed locusts, green locusts, and desert locusts. It's safe to say that locusts are good to eat. But are all bugs good to eat? No, not according to the Bible. Leviticus 11:20-21 mentions this: All teeming winged creatures that go on four legs shall be vermin to you, except those which have legs jointed above their feet for leaping on the ground." Mark 1:6 says this: "John was dressed in a rough coat of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he fed on locusts and wild honey."

Bible Clarification on Insect Legs and Insect Feet

I Googled this: "Why does the Bible say winged creatures with four legs? " Insect have six 'feet', right? Leviticus makes a clear distinction between 'feet' and 'legs'. Why? There are two explanations that make sense. One mentions that in six-legged winged creatures, like a butterfly, the front two 'legs' are used for other tasks, like cleaning the antennae. The middle legs and hind legs are used for walking. In butterflies, the front legs are reduced and do not have claws. Honeybees use their rear legs for a completely different function than the other four. The hairs, with the specialized curve hairs, collect pollen. The Bible is very scientifically accurate in many surprising, wonderful ways, and Leviticus is making distinctions between insects we can eat, and insects we should avoid using the functionality of the 'legs' and 'feet' of the insect. Usually, the Israelites were permitted to consume flying, leaping insects that were identified by their back legs being much larger, or more robust, than the four walking legs.

Chocolate Covered Crickets, Anyone?

The aforementioned article mentioned sriracha cricket chips with 5 grams of Protein. Cricket bars can give one Vitamin B2, which can't be made by plants, so crickets can be a great way to fill that gap for vegans who steer clear of meat. Processed meat involves to much 'enteric fermentation', which comes from decomposing foods that produce methane as a by-product. Insect agriculture does not produce this. These Methane emissions are a problem in the atmosphere and natural gas supply chain. What other options could be on the insect inspired menu? Perhaps meal-worm burgers, aperitif of locusts or as mentioned, cricket energy bars, though Barbecue flavored cricket chips sound exciting to try. A very large online retailer is selling dark chocolate covered crickets. Insects are perhaps the next frontier for food. I'd probably start out with insects covered in chocolate.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Reformed Eve


Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 26, 2020:

My sister used to always say she would ANYTHING covered in chocolate. I wonder if she was thinking grasshoppers? Still, I'm glad at this moment I went vegan 2 years ago. I think it may have been timely since meat is questionable these days and if there is a shortage, I'm now worried about it for myself. Great information!


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Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 18, 2020:

I used to know an individual who ate grasshoppers just because they were on the Levitical list of clean foods. Wouldn't mind trying one covered in chocolate. Thanks for the Heads Up!

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on April 14, 2020:

Guess what? Even that fancy flame broiled steak at the 5 star restaurant comes from a dead animal. For me, thinking along these lines brings a certain perspective to the subject.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 14, 2020:

Quite interesting I never considered the proscriptions before. Grasshoppers - locusts I never could figure but didn't they help change Pharoah's mind? Did you know that a grasshopper is a grasshopper until it swarms, then it is a locust? Off to hunt for maggots!

Reformed Eve (author) from USA on April 14, 2020:

Brenda, that's funny..and interesting. I have never eaten any kind of bug in my life - not on purpose anyway. I considered crickets, but haven't felt the desperation yet! If it's in the Bible, it's good, but...thinking about biting into that big, ugly cricket head and making a crunch sound? I'm not sure I'm ready! But maybe covered in chocolate..hehe.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 14, 2020:

Oh my! I may never eat tacos I don't prepare myself again.

I hear the locusts are now overtaking Kenya eating all the plants. The pictures show swarms of them.

I don't think I could survive eating insects, so I better get stocked up on meat or peanut butter.

I am quite picky.

Thanks for the share, but I will continue to eat meat or starve.

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