Do you have Insects and Bugs in your Diet?

by (77338) Updated April 21, 2011 at 11:37 PM Created January 19, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Do you get your nutritional need for energy from bugs? Have you eaten bugs, worms, snails, wasps, bees, larvae? How wild or primal is your diet really? Or are you just following a marketing label?!

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22684 · January 19, 2011 at 11:49 AM

A marketing label? I eat Whole Unprocessed Real Food.

The beauty of truly eating paleo... Is it's ridiculously hard to profit off it. Who is going to pay more for paleo-in-a-box, when whole food is easy to get?

As for insects... I'd be more than willing to try them, in a pesticide free environment, with someone knowledgeable about which ones are safe to eat.

We have a thread about Entomophagy here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/5618/entomophagy-as-paleo-is-eating-insects-paleo#axzz1BTrQjm4c

502 · January 19, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Those foods are not readily available for most of us. And, the traditional methods of preparing insects are not part of the contemporary Western food culture. Nothing against eating them, but Paleo isn't always about reenactment.

30 · January 19, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Not sure what you mean by "marketing label", but I too eat whole, un-processed foods. I am as paleo as I know how to be, but I will never, ever eat bugs...sorry.

600 · April 21, 2011 at 11:37 PM

I have eaten some bugs. Not for nutrition or reenactment just for fun, adventure, and curiosity about local traditional food sources. One that I eat a few times a year are grasshoppers. They are fun to catch with kids in the summer and grill or fry up. The way I catch them is get up a little before the sun cut a evergreen branch. then when it starts to get light walk through grass get them all jumping then "net" them with the branch. They are slower moving in the cold morning so it gives you more time to pull them out of the branch. If you have a few people you can work by starting in a big circle and closing it in. Another one I eat a few times through out the summer is wood grubs. They are fine to eat raw are really mild tasting, easy to find, and gross people out which is fun.

A list of other bugs/creepy crawly things I have eaten

carpenter ants=eat the competition! That's my job!

slugs=dipped in vinegar to remove slim and grilled wild hot dogs

honey bees=found in free 5 gallon buckets of raw honey with the wax all broken and mixed in that I used to make mead out of. They where really good being preserved in honey and all. I have also eaten the larvae when a friend was harvesting honey from his nests. they taste like nothing

snails=throw them on the grill and cook them up. Poisonous plants in there digestive track? don't be such a wuss!

worms=kinda gritty

flying termites=not worth the effort. Taste like what you cook them with.

scorpion= the little ones where I live are a lot of exoskeleton with not much meat/goo not worth the effort.

mosquitos/flies/nats= riding a bike

this doesn't include all the sea creatures.

5105 · April 21, 2011 at 10:37 PM

i went to a thai restaurant in chicago where they specialize in different authentic thai recipes not usually found in well, 99% of thai places. they had a grubby worm type thingy on the menu. I ordered it, as i am an adventurous eater. They were good, they tasted a bit like delicately crispy french fries. then i had the runs an hour later. meh.

this seems like a bit of a "shock value" question, but in many parts of the world, it's perfectly normal to eat bugs. Taken a good look at a live shrimp lately? Not too much of a stretch really...

1011 · April 21, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Couldn't some bugs be poisonous? And what about bugs that have been eating pesticides? Grasshoppers look good to me, roasted crunchy over the grill.

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39204 · January 19, 2011 at 7:08 PM

If I could source big, fat grubs that were not contaminated, I would definitely eat them. The nutritional profile often exceeds that of meat.

3428 · January 19, 2011 at 6:36 PM

yes oakoy I am preparing a dish of delicious roaches and ants I invite you to come over for dinner and share it. Also I am planning to have boiled cat and mashed dog, in case you are interested! Come on

18619 · January 19, 2011 at 6:27 PM

I don't eat Paleo because of a marketing label OR because it's what our ancestors did. I eat Paleo because it works for me. It makes me feel healthier and helped me lose some body fat that I had been unable to get rid of of eating a conventional wisdom "healthy" diet.

I read the books and listen to the podcasts because I find the science behind it intriguing, but it doesn't really matter to me. I would still eat this way without the science behind it because it is making me feel better than I ever have.

I will most likely never eat a bug. Not even chocolate covered.

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