Sunday, July 7, 2013

Would you include insects in your diet?

In a lot of countries around the world, people eat insects as part of their diet.  Personally, I don't care for insects and the sight of someone eating insects strikes me as revolting. Guess that I watched too many Survivor episodes, one of which featured participants eating maggots. Then out of curiosity, I did some research on types of bugs people eat, including ants, bees, wasps, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, fleas and flies.

Just reading that made me lose my appetite for real food. But an expert says that all of that revulsion is psychological. Many of us were bought up to feel repulsed eating bugs, when actually bugs are thought to be nutritious and good for us! They provide proteins, vitamins and minerals. They take much less room to cultivate and breed than livestock and poultry.

In spite of these advantages. I still could not bring myself to eat bugs. I'd rather swat, spray and step on them instead. Given a choice between eating those creatures and starving, I would opt for starving.