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While walking with my grandpa through his garden one day, he told me, "I don't want to eat the vegetables that the insects avoid." He was reminding me not to eat fruit and veggies that had been sprayed with poisons. I don't remember his exact wording, but he said something like, "If it's safe for the bugs, it's safe for us."

I was reminded of my grandpa's advice after I was dared here to eat a bug. Grandpa probably wouldn't advocate consuming insects. However, it's safe to say, that I eat bugs every day - and enjoy it! You and I eat insects; we are just unaware of it. The FDA allows for a certain amount of "defects" to end up in our food. The red food coloring, carmine, is derived from insects.

A case could be made that entomophagy, the eating of insects, is biblical. It's mentioned in the bible. Leviticus 11:21-22 tells us "These of them you may eat: the locust in its kinds, and the devastating locust in its kinds, and the cricket in its kinds, and the grasshopper in its kinds." and of course, in Matthew 3:4, John the Baptist ate "...locusts and wild honey." Who are we to argue food laws and priests?

Apparently, at one time, it was the norm to consume insects, on purpose. It still is in other cultures. I came across this site while looking up this topic and found the information interesting: Man Eating Bugs

I bet you don't have this cookbook on your shelf, yet: "Eat-a-bug Cookbook: 33 ways to cook grasshoppers, ants, water bugs, spiders, centipedes, and their kind." Here is a link to the author's site with a quote, "Fear Factor wouldn’t need puke buckets if they cooked like this."

Isn't that fun?

I told you, in my other post, to just think of insects as tiny flying cows with two extra legs. DĂ©licieux!

All of this makes me wonder what type of sauce would taste best with Chitin Nuggets.

(Here are a few more links about purposeful bug eating: Top 5 Reasons Why Eating Insects is Better for Us and the video I recently shared with you all, Why not eat insects?)