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VIDEO: Eating bugs in Thailand

Go ahead honey, be a good girl/boy and eat your bugs.

This something you could be telling your child some day and if you do, you’d not be alone.  Over 2 billion people in the world supplement their diets with … you guessed it,.. bugs!

The U.N. advocates bug consumption

A report released by the U.N., “Edible Insects: Food prospects for Food and Feed Security“, takes a direct stance on the topic and urges all to get over their disgust with them and to consume more  insects in their diet. I’m not kidding.

With obesity on the rise in Western society and greenhouse gases from livestock posing an added threat to the environment, the concept is both, a practical and economical solution to rising problems. The question is, can Westerners ever drop their fear of consuming insects?

Is eating an insect really that bad?

If you’ve been to the Southeast Asia, you’ll find insect snacks quite common. Often sold at night markets or on streets, insects have become a healthy snack for Southeast Asians.  It’s also been a solution for starvation and poverty. Just ask Cambodia, whose love for deep fried tarantulas stemmed from Khmer Rouge times, when people ate insects to stay alive.

Deep fried, the insects don’t taste so bad. I think it’s mostly a visual thing and the fact, we haven’t been raised with certain ideas of what food is. I only tried two insects. The bamboo worms had a sweet aftertaste that I wasn’t a fan of, because I don’t like things with an aftertaste. Meanwhile the cricket … well, if you watched the video, you’ll know.

Where are some places you’ll find bug sellers in Thailand?

Check the video.

Why eat bugs and insects?

  • It may come as a surprise, but insects are high sources of fiber, calcium, copper, iron, zinc,  magnesium,phosphorus and selenium and are said to be a healthier alternative to the standard diet of pork, beef and chicken (read more here).
  • They’re low producers of greenhouse gases, which helps keep the carbon footprint down.
  • They cost less to farm and raise.

Well, how about it? Would you make bugs a part of your diet?

5 Comments

  1. Melissa says:

    If they were prepared another way other than whole I would have a much easier time getting over the mental hurdle. Maybe they could be ground into a powder and mixed with something else? Or chopped into a stew or curry or something?

    I did try bundaegi in South Korea. Unexpected crunch and tasted like dirt. Bleh.

  2. This is great! I’m totally inspired to go out and eat a bug now! Haha not sure how I would feel when looking it in the eyes, but as you said I’m sure it’s more of a mental block than anything else. I don’t think I would make them part of my diet anytime soon though… baby steps 🙂

  3. Agness says:

    Believe me or not, but I tried ALL Thai bugs possible, starting from little warm and finishing with huge grasshoppers! They are nutritious, crunchy and salty. HEALTHY STUFF 🙂

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