Every culture eats different types of foods and has different opinions about what is healthy and what is unhealthy. In class this week we talked about how people in the united states love lobster. People will pay top dollar to go to a nice restaurant and have lobster. But in all reality the closest relative to the lobster, is the cockroach. A creature that if it is in a restaurant is called a health hazard. How is lobster deemed to be served on a silver platter and cockroaches are deemed to be exterminated the second they enter the restaurant? What makes something healthy or unhealthy? It seems our ideas of what is considered healthy changes quit frequently and every once and a while a new super food pops up and people go crazy for it. The current super food that is on the market is Kale. How did all the sudden, Kale become such a super food. What is so good about it? I decided to look up what is kale that makes it such a supper food and I got linked to an article titled “10 Health benefits of Kale” claiming that “there are numerous cancer fighting substances in kale” and filled with many vitamins and nutrients that I have never heard of. This article makes it out to be a true super food. But how long until we turn our attention to another super food that is even better than Kale?
I also was thinking about how in America, most people would be repulsed about eating an insect, show someone a video of Bear Grylls eating a bug, larvae, worm or beetle, they might lose their appetite. But over 2 million people in the world have an insect based diet. That is a decently large population even by today’s standards. To those 2 million people, eating insects is considered “normal.” Could insects someday be the superfood that Kale is today? Eating bugs is supposed to be very sustainable and a way to feed the whole world, they are filled with protein and all the good stuff you need to function. But eating bugs is considered abnormal. I agree with this, but if bugs were treated like kale or lobster and not like cockroaches, I think I would be more willing to eat them and I think other people would be more willing too as well.
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