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Here’s Some Good News For Vegetarians (And Bad News For Everyone Else)

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If you've never heard about Chapul bars, I'll tell you about them. They're like granola bars, except they're made with cricket flour. Say it with me now: gross.

The weirdest part is, they don't taste that bad. Which is good news, because we may want to start digesting bugs on the regular.

According to a new study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, science says that insects are actually healthier for us than meat. Researchers compared edible insects with more traditional protein (like beef, pork and chicken) and found that health-wise, bugs have more nutritional value.

Yikes.

Researchers at the University of Oxford use two different metrics of nutritiousness, and while I won't pretend to understand either, I can tell you this: crickets, beetles, honeybees and larvae showed higher amounts of vitamin and mineral values than traditional meat sources.

So, should we be eating insects? Other countries already do.

The good news is, vegetarians might soon have more options for their protein intake. The bad news? We could soon be eating bugs.

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