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Eating Insects is a Healthy Alternative

Updated on May 22, 2013

So, the next time you are craving something but don't know what you want, squish a bug or swat one and instead of leaving it for dead- eat it. For most Western countries, one would leave it on the pavement but eating insects in other parts of the world is the norm.

Eating insects is a nutritious way to snack or stay alive in desperate times because of their low fat and high protein value. They also help reduce greenhouse emissions and in Third world countries-jobs.

The countries most likely to eat insects are Asia, Africa and Latin America, about two billion people total. Some strawberry yogurts already add some red color by using cochineal insects that are exported from Peru. In addition, many pharmaceutical companies do the same.

Instead of eating lean beef, eat red ants, grasshoppers and water beetles, which gram for gram equal about the same amount of protein and zero fat. Insects are are great replacement for bran and they contain iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc.

The most popular insects humans eat are beetles and caterpillars among the 1900 edible ones available. Other lesser favorites are bees, wasps, wasps, grasshoppers, ants, locusts and crickets. The least favorite are flies and termites.

Insects are more effective. About 4 lbs. of insects used as feed creates 2 lbs. of meat, while it takes 17 lbs. of feed to create 2 lbs. of meat. As to jobs, in Africa, many fill up four large water bottles of them and are paid $20. Other insects are more valuable because they are a delicacy. Insect farming is now a new industry to be used as animal feed. In South Africa, there is a fly factory that rears these insects and sold to transform blood, guts and old food into animal feed!

So, before killing that insect, think of the possibilities.

Okay, would you be willing to eat insects on a daily basis for snacking?

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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      I doubt it.

    • pocono foothills profile image

      John Fisher 

      4 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      Perhaps, in the near future the whole world will go "buggy."

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      I suppose if I was REALLY desperate, I might. But usually, the bugs are fried, so that must make a difference. Still, I cannot see Americans ever eating bugs as a staple diet as they do in Asia and SE Asia.

    • Alphadogg16 profile image

      Kevin W 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Wow....I guess you don't know what your capable of until your in that position. I could never see myself eating insects in any capacity. Still an interesting hub Perrya. Thumbs up.

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      Andro Mathewson 

      5 years ago from Germany

      I read the Time magazine about this and also the report of the Secretary General. I doesn't seem a bad idea, seeing that most insects have about the same amount a protein as beef.


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