Using Worms to Fight Wrinkles
Chinese Office lady eat worms
Thanks to this new trend, some of the Yunnanese (people from Yunnan Province, in south west China) restaurants in Beijing are packed on the weekends with young office ladies and models who are hoping that the nutrients in the worms can bring them beauty. One restaurant manager said: "we consume hundreds of kilos of worms per week now, and we have to have the worms shipped over from Yunnan almost every two days to meet the demand."
According to a report produced by a research institute in Yunnan, these worms do contain high levels of amino acids, fatty acids, trace minerals and vitamins. However, because they get deep fried in the restaurants, they may still not be too good for your health.
Actually, this is not new. Chinese has a long tradition of using worms and animal parts as medicine, one most famous is Chinese Caterpillar Fungus, that's a kind dead worm affected by the fungus, regarded as one of three most precious Chinese Medicine, with wild ginseng and deer horn velvet.
Other worms used as medicine are earthworm, leech, centipede, cicada, scorpion, and all kinds of other animals like snake.
Cantonese is famous for eating anything four legs except for table, anything can fly except for aeroplane, anything can swim except for submarine.