I have. They are served in small samples at the Insectarium in NOLA. (place has a beautiful indoor butterfly garden, too, and some lovely mosaics made with colorful beetle specimens- even for the "bugs are yucky" crowd it is an interesting place to go so next time you are in NOLA, give it a try) My children and I have had chocolate chirp cookies- chocolate chip cookies with very small crickets, Cajun spiced crickets, meal worm mango salsa, and I can't remember what else. The crickets are just crunchy, like chips, but the meal worms were a bit hard to eat. I couldn't taste them, but the look was unappetizing. My preschool age kids really liked the spiced crickets and LOVED the chocolate chirp cookies. Pretty sure I wouldn't buy them and cook them myself though.
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You do every time you eat peanut butter or chocolate!
Look it up! Per FDA regulations, for every certain amount of these foods, there are a number of insect parts allowable.
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yuck - you can take that as a no
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I expect we've all eaten insect at some point in time. The FDA regulations provide for allowable levels of various "unavoidable" contaminants that includes insects & insect parts. No action is required unless the levels are exceeded:
Some insects may already be in your food (and this is no fly-in-my-soup joke). Demand for natural food coloring as opposed to artificial dyes is increasing, the agency's experts say. A red coloring produced from the cochineal, a scaled insect often exported from Peru, already puts the hue in a trendy Italian aperitif and an internationally popular brand of strawberry yogurt. Many pharmaceutical companies also use colorings from insects in their pills.
PACKED WITH PROTEIN, FULL OF FIBER Scientists who have studied the nutritional value of edible insects have found that red ants, small grasshoppers and some water beetles pack (gram-per-gram or ounce-per-ounce) enough protein to rank with lean ground beef while having less fat per gram. Bored with bran as a source of fiber in your diet? Edible insects can oblige, and they also contain useful minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium and zinc. WHICH TO CHOOSE? Beetles and caterpillars are the most common meals among the more than 1,900 edible insect species that people eat. Other popular insect foods are bees, wasps, ants, grasshoppers, locusts and crickets. Less popular are termites and flies, according to U.N. data. .....READ MORE vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/13/182324 59-un-urges-eat-more-insects-seriously ?lite
So with all of their health benefits...the question remains
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