Who eats bugs?
Many cultures around the world use
insects, and related arthropods such as spiders
and scorpions, as a regular part of the diet. Both
adult insects and larvae are consumed and these
critters are surprisingly high
in protein content and relatively low in saturated fat.
Frequently insects are dried and ground into a
sort of flour then mixed with grain flour to make
breads, pasta, and so forth.
In the US, where deliberate consumption
of arthropods is less common, the average consumer
still gets a certain amount of arthropod protein
in the form of harmless contaminants of cereals,
peanut butter and similar processed food. In fact,
a certain defined level of insect contamination is
allowed in processed foods and it is completely
harmless when consumed.
So, while insects consume a lot of the
world's food supply in fields and warehouses they
also contribute to it in many ways. Take a look at
these book selections (right) for proven recipes
and techniques for using insects in cooking. Bon