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Fried Insects Can Worsen Asthma

Updated on June 8, 2012

Until now there are about 1462 known species of insects to eat, but maybe there's more kinds of other insects is unknown.

Some insects are equivalent to shellfish are known to contain high-quality protein and a source of other nutrients such as iron, calcium and vitamin B.

Entomophagy is the practice of eating a culinary insects. Although for many people eat birds or other animals are tasty, but people in some countries also consider insects as delicious food. Man-eating insects is common in some parts of the world such as North, Central and South America and Africa, Asia, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. But in some people eating insects is odd or even taboo.

Insects and other invertebrates have been a source of food for people for tens of thousands of years, all over the planet. Today, eating insects is rare, but insects remain a popular food in many developing countries such as Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. Thailand, Cambodia, China, Africa, Mexico, Colombia and New Guinea. Some insects are frequently eaten in the whole world is crickets, grasshoppers, ants, various beetle grubs, larvae of darkling beetles, various species of scorpions and even caterpillars.

Some countries sometimes have their own insect food, such as locusts become a common food in Algeria, the Australian aborigines still eat moths, caterpillars and bees nest. Japanese restaurants serve boiled wasp larvae, fried crickets and silk cocoon cooking. In Nigeria present roasted termites and in Thailand famous as the greatest insect eaters.

Insects in fact has become a rural food menu in Thailand for centuries, but within the last two decades there has been increased logistical fried insect so the insect food is widely available in urban centers. In addition, the insect has the advantage of low prices and easy to take care.

Some insects such as grasshoppers or caterpillars claimed to have good taste when fried. But for people with asthma should not eat fried insects, as this may aggravate the condition.

A study conducted recently by the Ministry of Health of Thailand found that fried silkworms, grasshoppers or other six-legged dish known to contain high levels of histamine, which is a compounds that can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

Hence the Ministry of Health of Thailand has warned people who have asthma and allergies to avoid eating fried insects which are sold in the streets.


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      WriterDJ 6 years ago

      :D Thanks puddingicecream, yes indeed. I read it over and over again as well, still likes to laugh when I see it

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      puddingicecream 6 years ago from United States

      This has been really amusing to read. Very interesting topic! Voted up.

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      WriterDJ 6 years ago

      Hi Marilyn, :D you're laughing at it. I guess this is odd things to you :) no problem, I did it too, but they are real...

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      MarilynMorrison 6 years ago

      Hahaha.. this is great hub.