Poll: Would You Eat Bugs?

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Would you eat insects?

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I've eaten them at the Insectarium in New Orleans. Report
Not intentionally but I know the FDA allows a certain amount in our food. Report
I have... I've eaten a fried caterpillar, and ant eggs while visiting Mexico. It was interesting. Report
There are already bugs in fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. The amount allowed is controlled FDA, so most likely everyone is eating bugs unknowingly. Report
Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope. Report
I've eaten a few bugs intentionally. Termites when I was a kid. And recently during the Ottawa City Chase - a grub. Report
I don't know.....Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods) makes them look pretty good. There's nowhere around here to try them, though. Report
I would eat them, and like DCHANCE6 stated, we already ingest plenty of female cochineal beetles. What she didn't say is how prevalent carmine (a red food dye made from the cochineal beetle) is in everyday foods. Yoplait uses it for it's strawberry flavors, Starbucks took a lot of heat over its use for strawberry flavored things. Basically, the stuff is everywhere. I don't agree with Sparkpeople for using that creepy drippy font for its poll, though. It was already loaded for a bias against "bugs." Don't sway opinion with emotion. Report
good observation with the shrimp- Shrimp and Cockroaches are in the same family- an animal division known as Phylum Arthropod. Many people eat those a lot.

Insects have a lot of protein and are in abundance here on earth. Eating those would be a lot better for our ecosystem. Report
I'll try anything once, but I'm not going out of my way to munch on anything with more than 4 legs. I'm a pretty devoted carnivore, but even I have my limits. ;) Report
fyi the fda says it's ok to have up to 6 cockroaches per pound of peanut butter. That is why I stay away from chunky peanut butter. Report
I wouldn't knowingly eat insects, however, I'm sure I have gulped them with my coffee, swallowed after they flew in my mouth or when I was sleeping. Can't remember how much but there are reports about how many we swallow in our sleep... lots of spiders! Report
why would you want to ? Report
Come on now.. No!! lol Report
I have eaten insects, deliberately, but I have one rule: eat them only when others are eating them. That way I know they're safe to eat and I can then safely eat them after that. Report
As a vegan, not intentionally. Report
Actually, you may be eating bugs and not know it. Carminic acid,carmine, and cochineal extract are red dyes extracted from crushed cochineal insects. Report
I ate grubs and loved them, from a street vendor in Bangkok. They tasted like fried clam bellies cooked up with soy and garlic. Report
I did so once unknowingly. Someone gave me a piece of chocolate that was crunchy and found much fun telling me that it was a chocolate covered grasshopper after I ate it. It really only tasted like a crunchy piece of dark chocolate and I didn't get sick or anything. I wouldn't knowingly do it again, though. Report
They were talking one day on the radio about how many bugs were allowed to be in peanut butter. Gives a whole new meaning to "Crunchy" peanut butter! Report
I have eaten bugs, I travel a lot and I enjoy taking in the culture where I go. Report
I never ate bugs, but I love shrimps - not bugs exactly but arthropoda just as well. What's the difference?
So I can imagine bugs may be tasty if prepared well. Report
I have eaten bugs. Joys of living in Asia. I could not find bee larva on SP. huh? Report
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