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The Super Food No One's Eating

Delicious, packed with protein and abundant in most parts of the world, this nutritious food source fell out of favor in most cultures. What is it--and why should we eat it despite the the ick factor?
Before you say "ew" at the prospect of eating insects, watch this video, which explains that not only were they once a crucial source of nutrition, but they're also quite tasty! Cricket kebabs or fried spiders, anyone?
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  • I truly can't imagine eating a bug for any reason. - 1/15/2018 12:40:45 PM
  • Certainly something to "think" about. I'll take my time before voluntarily feasting on bugs. - 10/29/2017 2:54:51 AM
  • I was touring in Taiwan when I realized I had forgotten to bring along my food. It was a remote mountain place but there was a small food area set up by locals. I needed protein (Type 2 diabetic here) so I chose the fried beetles dusted with spices. They came in a paper bag with a small stick for spearing. It was either eat or faint from a blood sugar drop. They turned out to be delicious. - 10/11/2017 7:05:43 AM
  • I am EXTREMELY glad we are DEVELOPED! - 8/1/2017 6:15:13 AM
  • Well my appetite is gone. Should watch this every morning. - 8/1/2017 6:13:53 AM
  • interesting but not palatable LOL - 6/1/2017 8:02:20 PM
  • Good video! But I'm not sure I'm really to start eating bugs. lol - 4/13/2017 10:56:21 AM
  • I bet we have ALL eaten insects voluntarily or involuntarily. There are likely bits of crickets etc in that jar of peanut butter not to mention other foods. The FDA sets maximum allowable amounts. - 2/7/2017 8:24:07 PM
  • Sorry, not happening. The ick factor overcomes almost anything. If I faced starvation I might remember this article, but that's the only way. - 11/26/2016 1:58:03 PM
  • I might try them .. I wouldn't want to chew on legs and feelers, tho. They would have to be turned into tiny burgers or something. It's not like you have to eat them whole! - 8/17/2016 5:18:13 PM
  • Our cat happily eats bugs. I know it's considered to be normal in MANY other cultures. There are a few of them that I'd even be willing to try in some form or another. That said, I'm not a fan of eating the teeny legs on shrimp or crawdads (nor do I find it particularly enjoyable to suck the crawdad heads regardless of what is found to be traditional). Perhaps the larger/softer/mor
    e-disguisable bits could actually be a thing... somehow I doubt I'm going to be sourcing any grub-worms anytime soon though. - 8/17/2016 3:13:46 PM
  • Dr. Wilson from Harvard was one of the most frequent guests on Phil Donahue Show over the many years he was on TV. He was a world expert on insects and said that if all the ants in the world were put together they would weigh five times as much as all the humans on Earth. They are vital to keeping the soil open to air so plants can grow. He pointed out that 75 % of life on Earth comes from the Insect world. Protein from insects is a good idea. - 8/17/2016 1:24:39 AM
  • I have always known bugs were healthy to eat but I just don't think I would do it unless I absolutely had to. I think I would go plant foraging before ever eating bugs. - 4/21/2016 12:27:54 PM
  • When we lived in East Africa a delicacy was termites and fried they don't taste bad. However our neighbours had the same ice response to sea food as we had to insects. It's a matter of perspective. Having said that I still wouldn't go our of my way to eat insects. - 2/27/2016 3:12:07 AM
  • Never say never. Who knows, perhaps in the near future bugs will be a new health craze. - 2/26/2016 7:53:27 AM