|I might try these--tiny and crunchy.|
Bugs are actually very good for you. They contain a load of protein, calcium and iron. According to a chart from Iowa State University, 100 grams of grasshoppers have almost as much protein as the same amount of lean ground beef and cod fish.
An article from the Chicago Sun-Times says:
If you're revolted at the thought of scarfing down a beetle or centipede, consider this: The Food and Drug Administration allows a certain quantity of insect parts in our food.
These "food defect action levels" are allowed because, according to the FDA, further reducing the levels would require "increased utilization of chemical substances to control insects." So which would you rather consume: insects or potentially toxic chemicals?
|Not so sure about deep-fried tarantula.|
Have you ever intentionally eaten an insect? Maybe you were traveling in Asia or you were adventurous at an interesting restaurant or you lost a bet. I vaguely remember eating a chocolate-covered grasshopper in 1st grade. Don't remember if I liked it or not (although it was chocolate). That was a few years ago.
I think I'd rather try some little salty ant snacks than some big, hairy grilled tarantula with some girth. But hey, I'm game. Millions of non-Americans can't be wrong!