Would You Eat Bugs? A New Movement Says You Should

Hot food trend or creepy crawlies?

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The hottest new food craze has literal wings.

Diners around the country are hungry for bugs. From roasted crickets to chocolate-covered grasshoppers, foodies are going crazy for critters. According to the Detroit Free Press, edible insects are being advertised as "the next great protein source and a healthy, more humane alternative to factory farmed meat."

According to The Huffington Post, entomophagy, or eating bugs, is already accepted internationally. Nearly 2 billion people around the world, especially in parts of Central Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America, eat insects regularly. The site says that "the most popular varieties eaten worldwide are beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps and ants." Remember when Salma Hayek munched on a cricket on Instagram?

Cricket eating #oaxaca#samihayek@hayekstudio

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It looks like America is next. There's even a food conference to celebrate edible bugs coming to Detroit. Eating Insects Detroit is a three-day conference at Wayne State University devoted to making insects our next food source as a means of sustainability. “We have a weird relationship to insects,” says Julie Lesnik, a Wayne State anthropologist and the organizer of the conference. “They’re not food to us. It’s like you’re getting people to eat rocks.”

She calls crickets “the gateway bug" and a good intro into the diet. These noisy bugs are really nutritious and have five times the amount of calcium and 10 times the amount of iron as chicken! But what do bugs taste like? Testers from the Free Press described the taste of roasted crickets as "dried leaves," "earthy" and having "a hint of sweetness." Yummy!


Are you ready for a heaping helping of bugs? 

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