Watch this Thai girl eat 12 different types of protein-rich fried insects

Stomach churning footage shows a Thai girl eating 12 different types of protein-rich fried insects. The insects included grasshoppers, crickets, silk worms, red ant eggs, beetles, locust and doodlebugs. There was even a three-inches long giant water bug filled with chewy gunge on the inside. Each of the protein-rich insects were fried before being sold on a stall at the Huai Khwang market in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sunday evening (April 11). Local resident, Gam, was recorded sampling each of the creatures, which are regarded as a delicacy across Thailand and southeast Asia. Environmentalists even believe that bugs could be a super-food and provide a long-term solution to environmental issues caused by intensive meat farming. Incredibly, the most protein-rich insects contain between 13g and 77g of protein per 100g. They also contain healthy fats, iron, and calcium, and low in carbohydrates. With the world's population is expected to hit nine million by 2050, it is feared the increased food output could be added pressure on the environment causing a scarcity of agricultural land, water, forests, fisheries and non-renewable energy. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) states: 'Edible insects contain high-quality protein, vitamins and amino acids for humans. Insects have a high food conversion rate. For example, crickets need six times less feed than cattle, four times less than sheep, and twice less than pigs and broiler chickens to produce the same amount of protein. They also emit less greenhouse gases and ammonia than conventional livestock. 'Insects can be grown on organic waste. Therefore, insects are a potential source for conventional production of protein, either for direct human consumption, or indirectly in recomposed foods, with extracted protein from insects, and as a protein source into feedstock mixtures.'