Sunday, June 26, 2016

Bug Munchin'

            With all the cicadas flying around it seems more than appropriate to talk about eating bugs. “No, that’s gross” my family and friends tell me, but there are around 2 billion people worldwide that eat bugs as a staple in their diet according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Entomophagy, or eating bugs, is very common in other nations with beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps, ants, grasshoppers, locusts and crickets being the most common insects eaten. There are actually over 1900 edible insects, so I guess goat meat isn’t that strange after all. The authors of this article go on to explain how eating insects could combat obesity, but the more important message is to be open to new foods and find a way to create a varied diet. When given an opportunity to try something new don’t shy away! Metaphorically grab the beetle by the horns and give it a try.

            One last thing.. I don’t want to ruin your view on the sweet delight that is chocolate, BUT below you’ll see that, according to the Defect Levels Handbook by the FDA, a little bug is good:

            The organization states that it is acceptable for 100 grams of chocolate to contain up to 60 "insect fragments" within six 100-gram samples, while peanut butter can contain up to 30 insect fragments per 100 grams.

So, enjoy that chocolate peanut butter cup.

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