You’ve Been Eating Bugs for Dinner for Years
If you’re really disgusted by the thought of eating insects, it may surprise you to learn that the FDA has a Defect Levels Handbook that lists how many bugs you could be eating every day. Canned fruit juices, for example, are allowed up to 1 maggot per 250 ml and chopped dates are allowed up to 10 whole insects. The list is long and if your stomach is rolling, now – don’t worry, you’ve been eating them for years and it hasn’t really bothered you!
And they might not look like much, but insects actually have a high protein, vitamin, fiber and mineral content that is often comparable to fish or livestock. A six-ounce serving of crickets has 60 percent less saturated fat and twice as much vitamin B-12 than the same amount of ground beef. You don’t have to sell the idea to the people of Madagascar; they eat about 15 different species of insect. And other countries — including Thailand and China — consume vast quantities of bugs.
How Do They Taste?
It is said that termites have a pleasant minty flavor. According to National Geographic, though stink bugs may have a bad odor, they taste like apples. Red agave worms are said to be spicy, and tree worms supposedly taste a bit like pork rind. Chocolate covered caterpillars, anyone?
So you want to eat a bug?
If you’ve read this far and are hungry to read more, here are some sites you may be interested in visiting:
http://edibug.wordpress.com/recipes/ — bug recipes
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