GarryB wrote:Lots of places in Asia rather large insects are cooked and eaten like western kids each chips... they are crunchy but not full of fat or sugar...
I have seen Bear Grylls eat all sorts of crap but I think sometimes he goes to far.
Survival is important but you have to use common sense... any protein or goodness you get out of eating some fat spider raw is totally lost when you throw up and lose all that fluid and semi digested food in your stomach...
Most fat westerners would just need water supplies to survive for quite a long time in the wild... trying to eat weird shit would just make them sick.
BTW if you think eating insects is weird watch a documentary about what goes in to chicken nuggets... you might think eating a grass hopper might not be so bad.
Local Maori used to eat the larvae of the Huhu beetle... most people who try it say it tastes a little like peanut butter, but it just looks like a giant maggot.
I find it laughable that some people are willing to criticize insect consumption by foreigners but the general Western/American food lifestyle is very toxic to the human body. Just look through some of these articles. McDonald’s chicken nuggets contain 40 different ingredients including dextrose - a sugar also used by shoe makers.
Many Americans eat shrimp, crab, and lobster which are basically the insects of the sea, they are called crustaceans. A quote from the quora site: "When you consider that people who delight in seafood, and especially crustaceans, are really eating the marine equivalent of roaches, it’s pretty unsavoury. I doubt knowing that will dissuade shrimp-lovers from their feasting, though. People have a bottomless capacity to rationalize away things when it comes time to eat something they like the taste of."
I have never eaten insects however, it seems like they are healthier than traditional fast food and soft drinks which the latter contain a lot of sugar which have been linked to obesity, kidney damage, and certain cancers. Regular soft drinks have been linked to elevated blood pressure.