For all of you asking me about and looking for cheap high protein food sources: trust me, you won’t be caught eating these!
How Far Would You Go?
It’s been a hot and humid day here and after getting the “EC, tell me some cheap foods high in protein” question for the umpteenth time, I felt a little diabolic: how important would building muscle be to you if you only had the below foods as a choice? All of them are high in protein and comparatively cheap – you just have to get them down.
Let’s start with an affordable protein source (31 g per cup!) that won’t cause any problems for vegetarians and vegans (beside having to eat it): Natto,
rotten fermented soybeans that are a popular breakfast dish in Japan. Due to the strong smell and slimy texture many people say it’s an “acquired taste.” I believe that.
4. Bamboo Worms
The bamboo borer (Omphisa fuscidentalis) is a moth living in the bamboo groves of Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and the Yunnan province of China. Its larvae are collected as food and despite coming with a whopping 26% protein content, queasy Westerners usually find them hard to swallow.
Before you now go thinking that weird food is only found in Asia, let’s have a look at a fish specialty popular in Sweden, Surströmming:
Looks harmless to any bodybuilder regularly eating canned tuna, doesn’t it? Well, this fish is deliberately allowed to rot and after being canned considered perfect for consumption once the cans start to bulge – you know, the point where you normally throw canned food away. Foreigners, much to the amusment of native Swedes, describe the smell and taste as breathtaking (when remaining conscious).
Now one of my pet peeves, bodybuilders and raw eggs. I frankly can’t decide if this should have come first or second on my personal disgusting scale, but if you think you are tough because you drink raw eggs, how about a “balut”? It’s a developing duck embryo boiled and eaten in the shell and a popular and cheap street food in Southeast Asia:
1. The Penis Fish
My personal favorite: Urechis unicinctus, in the Western world more commonly referred to as “penis fish.” In Korea it is seen as a delicacy and served raw with sesame oil and salt.
Am I Too Queasy?
Would you eat these foods? All of them apparently are perfectly edible and maybe some of you actually thought, heah, that sounds great!