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(The Scientist)   Insects should be part of a healthy balanced die...pthht. Sorry, diet. Had a wing stuck in my teeth   ( the-scientist.com) divider line
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-08 09:37:13 AM  
As long as those moths and beetles eat my food it's only fair I should eat them as well. And I'm sure I do, but I prefer not to be aware of it.
2013-02-08 09:56:19 AM  
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2013-02-08 09:58:26 AM  

ZAZ: but I prefer not to be aware of it.

I find this attitude slightly amusing. The USA is pretty lone in the world as far as cultures that don't ingest insects. Some even get down on arachnids and other miscellaneous creepy crawly things.

Is escargot disgusting? Is it really a world of difference?
2013-02-08 10:01:59 AM  

ZAZ: As long as those moths and beetles eat my food it's only fair I should eat them as well. And I'm sure I do, but I prefer not to be aware of it.

They already are part of your diet and there are standards for acceptable amounts of insect parts in close to every single item of food you eat.  Stuff like number of insect fragments per 100 grams.
I'm not sure if it is a good thing or not, but according to the standards, rodent hair is acceptable since rats and mice are naturally found in buildings, but squirrel hair is unacceptable, as that implies unacceptable sanitation and building maintenance standards.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-08 10:09:39 AM  
Is escargot disgusting?

When I was a child, no. When I am an adult, yes.
2013-02-08 10:22:50 AM  
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What, are you not eating?
2013-02-08 10:44:56 AM  
We have no issues with eating crustaceans, for some reason. Lobster = giant sea cockroach. Fried whole soft-shell crabs are often sold in "spider rolls" in sushi restaurants. The only main difference? Real spiders have venom, real roaches have wings.

(and arrangement of legs, antennae, body segments etc. but the point is they're all arthropods.)
2013-02-08 11:06:11 AM  
When the 17 year cicadas were out in...2005? A friend of mine collected a bunch of them, killed them by freezing them, and then stir-fried them. We had a cicada eating party, and honestly, if you didn't know you were eating cicadas, there was nothing gross about it. I don't recall biting into them thinking "this has a decidedly insecty taste!"

She also dipped some in chocolate. Eating them reminded me of eating those crispy M&Ms they sold at one point.
2013-02-08 11:47:38 AM  
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2013-02-08 01:36:29 PM  
Hakuna matata.
2013-02-08 02:07:36 PM  
I eat enough processed foods to have my daily intake of insects, thank you very much.
2013-02-08 02:41:44 PM  
I think if they used bug-paste to bulk up "chicken" nuggets or microwaveable burritos I'd never notice. Add enough msg and breading and anything can be tasty.
2013-02-08 05:47:18 PM  
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2013-02-08 08:52:34 PM  
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