Entomophagy, the eating of insects and other arthropods, is a dietary trend which is very much in demand nowadays and is considered to be one of the fastest growing trend. Today, there are a lot of insects available on the market and they have many advantages over their farmed counterparts.
In this article we will discuss some of the most interesting cases of entomophagy.
The first is the honey bee. They actually eat flower nectar and they suck the nectar from these flowers. They then ingest the nectar, combined with their own regurgitation, which then becomes regurgitated inside their stomach. The regurgitation of the bee is considered to be one of the most amazing tastes.
The second is crickets. These are fairly tasteless and they are eaten as meat. They are mainly used in the entertainment industry.
Crickets are considered to be safe to eat for those who are allergic to certain foods like peanuts and shellfish. They are chewed by people for health purposes and have become popular in the market.
Lastly, you have caterpillars. They are also considered to be safe to eat for those who are allergic to certain foods and farmed raised caterpillars are 100 per cent vegetarian. This is because they eat the same food as the rest of the animals.
Therefore, the protein content in caterpillars is similar to that of eggs and they are very tasty and easy to digest.”
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Most of these insects are found in the food chain. Some species are able to inject you with their own DNA into your host – like the silkworm does to the silkworms it eats.
The insects found in the food chain have a great natural liking for protein and have evolved to be very good vegetarians. Director of theurchin breeding program at the USDA, Dr. cutter revealed that they have DNA that is better suited for vegetarians than for omnivores.
These types of bugs are also used to feed crops like peanuts. To be able to get their protein, they must be fed crops like peanuts which have to be grown organically. This does not happen in nature so natural feeding is done by man (look at the quantity of feed we consume).
Globally, warm and hot climates have had genetically evolved insects that are able to produce more proteins from less available foods. As mentioned above, insects usually eat plants and not animals although they do sometimes eat other bugs and other stages of animals.
Insects are a very important part of a diet because they are high in protein, low in fat and are able to store large amounts of fat in their exoskeletons. The exoskeleton is like a stick because of the stringy insulation that is typical of insects.
This is why they are good sources of dietary protein. However, for every one ounce eaten, about 9 teaspoons of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrates and 1.5 grams of fiber.
Insects are even recommended by some doctors for patients who suffer from diabetes and/or bowel problems. They eat a balanced diet of insects, plants, seeds and sprouts.
Here is a sample of the five most popular edible insects according to the Agriculture Department:
beetles, meal worms, domestic slicedworms, honey bees, ants, wasps, locusts and crickets.
beetles are found in fall, winter and spring. They like a crevice which is why they wait until the fall to eat in the winter. They eat stuffing just like humans do.
beetle legs are more than 3 inches long. Beetles also eat much like a catfish.
Day old chicks to adults, they eat insects and store it in their own intestinal systems.
Shapelypillars, adult female adults and eggs.
Shapelypillars, adult female adults and storage eggs.
This is a good example of the crossbread and crossbread feeding.
6. Ask your child about any favorite foods before you serve the meal. Kids can choose foods that they have liked in the past and bring this back to their parents.
7. Clean up around the dining room table.
Clicks through your fingers, nose, ears and nose.
Organisms such as E.coli, salmonella and parasites.
Products that have been touched by other foods.
( such as raw meat) such as cucumbers, onions, apples, etc.
Raw leaves of vegetables.
Saliva, which comes from the sheep’s mouth.
Organisms in the air such as cob webs and featherdresses.
Organisms in your bowls or fruit bowl that came from direct contact with another food.