If you haven’t seen the film Snowpiercer, there’s a scene where impoverished citizens living in the back of a train are fed blocks of food that look like jelly bricks. They’re told it has all the nutrients they need to stay alive and, spoiler alert, the bricks end up being made from bugs. As disgusting as that sounds, a new study suggests that Hollywood got this one right — bugs may be more nutritious than steaks.

Researchers from the University of Oxford pitted insects against main meat sources in America, like chicken, steak, and pork to see which one was actually more nutritious. Published in Nature, the study used two models to help them arrive at a conclusion: Ofcom and Nutrient Value Scores (NVS). Ofcom uses a scoring system that takes a 100-gram sample of a particular food and tallies up the amount of energy, sodium, saturated fat, and sugars that are in the sample on a scale of 1 to 100. The closer the total score is to 100, the more nutritious that food is. The NVS works similarly, but focuses more on the sample’s amount of protein, energy, and fat levels, as well as its vitamin and calcium levels.

When comparing crickets, honey bees, silkworms, mealworms, mopane caterpillars, and palm weevil larvae against chicken, beef, pork, and their respective offals, the Ofcom scores were all relatively the same. But when they used the NVS together with Ofcom, every single insect the researchers examined came out on top.

The researchers concluded that none of the insects were found to be any less healthy than the meats. However, they also found that the whole category of insects “contains some foods that could potentially exacerbate diet-related public health problems related to overnutrition, but may be effective in combating undernutrition.”

As much as we all love eating livestock, the process of growing and maintaining them is a damaging, costly, and slow process. Insects, on the other hand, only take a few days to mature, and the cost of maintaining them is relatively small. That being said, unless we live in a world like the one in Snowpiercer, it’ll be a while before the general public accepts a plate of bugs as their next meal.

Source: Payne C, et al. Are edible insects more or less ‘healthy’ than commonly consumed meats? A comparison using two nutrient profiling models developed to combat over- and undernutrition. Nature . 2015.