Why do some people eat insects?

In many parts of world, insects are just another food group. And why not? Bugs are rich in protein and vitamins. They require fewer resources to raise than cows, pigs, and chickens. Unlike bottom-feeding shrimp, which we pop in our mouths without a second thought, many bugs live on a wholesome diet of grass, leaves, and flowers. Bugs also devour farmers’ crops, so eating pest insects helps protect our veggies.

Many insect species have less than 5 grams of fat per serving. Insect farming can be a more sustainable practice because insects don’t need much space, can live under all sorts of conditions and easy to feed. People describe the taste of insects as nutty with a similar flavor to shrimp and chicken. Grasshoppers, ant eggs, and wasps are considered a delicacy in several countries.


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