Dried Grosshoppers


I came across a twitter on 8-25-22, 
of someone saying that a pound of dried grosshoppers contained more protein than a pound of beef. 
Well, that simple statement that may be true in and of itself, but at the same time, it is a one-sided manipulation of numbers with the intention of misleading others for the sake of propaganda. 

What moisture level are the grosshoppers dried to? 
This matters, because water contains no protein. 

Here is a chart from: Water in Meat & Poultry | Food Safety and Inspection Service (usda.gov) 

Product Name                               Percentage Water cooked    Percentage Water Raw

Cooked Chicken fryer, whole     66%                                            60% 
White meat chicken, with skin  69%                                            61% 
Dark meat chicken, with skin    66%                                            59% 
Ground beef, 85% lean               64%                                             60% 
Ground beef, 73% lean               56%                                             55% 
Beef, eye of round                       73%                                             65% 
Beef, whole brisket                     71%                                             56% 


A few questions to help square the protein-equation: 

1) What is the protein value of a pound of fresh grosshoppers? 
2) What is the protein value of a pound of dried beef jerky? (meat that has been dehydrated)
3) How much energy does it take to raise, process and deliver a pound of dried grosshoppers. 
4) What carbon footprint does grosshopper production entail? 
5) Where are grosshoppers produced, would it put American out of work?

Here is a website that advertises grosshoppers (chapulines) for baby food as babies learn to eat solids, 
but the site warns that they can be a choking hazard, 
and anyone who is allergic to shellfish, etc, might be allergic to grosshoppers. 
The link: Chapulines (Grasshoppers) for Babies - First Foods for Baby - Solid Starts  

Eric Rose
teachustruth.com
photo: researchgate.net