Spiders can be creepy crawly. But did you know that a spoonful of their unborn young can help speed up your metabolism and even strengthen your bones?
Gross. But is it worth it? I don’t know.
…I say that losing weight sucks. And we can all use a little help.
In theory – spider eggs shouldn’t be any grosser than let’s say chicken eggs or caviar. The idea just takes a little getting used to.
If you are a regular reader of my posts, you’ll know that I’m not one to put too much stock in shortcuts (see my post Seven Magic Pills to Regulate Your Appetite).
Even so, I’m not going to deny a tactic that might help you achieve your goal weight solely because it’s unconventional. We always need to be open to try new things.
Even if those new things consist of…. spider eggs.
Omelion – C
The reason spider eggs work is because of a little compound called Omelion-C (O-C).
Like certain proteins, you body naturally creates Omelion-C every day. The only problem is that your body can only create small amounts – which will vary based on a number of factors including your age and genetics.
If you’re of East-Asian descent, you’re in luck. You naturally create the most Omelion-C of any other ethnic group. This might be why East-Asian people, as a whole, tend to be more petite. Bastards!
If you’re unlucky enough to be white, black, or anything other than East Asian – the amount of Omelion-C circulating in your blood is likely far too low to allow you to function at your optimal metabolic rate. Thanks ancestors!
But luckily there are Spider Eggs. Ugh.
How it Works
Well it doesn’t always.
First of all, you need to find the right species of spider. And even so, there’s a chance the spider egg diet might not work for you.
To protect the cute baby spiders from potential insect, bird, and mammal predators – CERTAIN species of spider eggs are wrapped in a special fat-rich membrane. That’s because some of these predators have a hard time digesting the fat. This has two effects on the predators:
- The eggs will pass right through the predator’s digestive system and still hatch; and
- The fat will make the predator immediately full and uneasy, therefore making it less likely to attempt at eating the spidery siblings and cousins.
In humans, this membrane acts very much the same, but also a little differently.
When this membrane comes in contact with proteins in the human body – it has two effects:
1. the fat-rich membrane increases your levels of satiety; AND
2. the membrane actually triggers a very light immune response which causes your body to flush not only the eggs, but also other toxins in your colon.
But many people are immune! That’s why eating spider eggs won’t work for everyone.
And not all species work! But luckily there are about 2,000 species to choose from. Here are a few species you can try, that are common in North America:
- Arrowhead Orb Weaver
- Basilica Orb Weaver
- Cribellate Orb Weaver
- Eastern Harvest Man
- Jerry Orbach head Spider
- Feather Legged Spider
Unfortunately – Spider Eggs haven’t made it to your local Whole Foods just yet, so you might have to try your local Russian food store or international market.
If you find them, you can dissolve them in tea, or even add them to your favorite green smoothie! Blending won’t hurt them, but excessive heat might.
..You can also buy certain species of spider eggs freeze dried on amazon.com. But many people say that the freeze dry process decreases the potency and effect.
I’m not sure myself. I haven’t tried Spider Eggs yet. But I’m working my way up to it.
If you do try any species of spider eggs, please let me know!
..And if you’ve heard of any other weird metabolism stimulating foods – share the wealth.
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