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I was watching a program on TV last night and these people were eating live bugs....like marinated them in a bag with spices and vegetables and they were all jumping around alive and this guy would pick them out and eat them like potato chips

So, it got me thinking.....if you were in another country (or even here in the US) and there was a dish they served at a restaurant with lives bugs in it, would you eat it? My answer would be hell no...I couldn't do it! This guy on the program though was acting like he was eating pieces of chocolate or something...it was crazy!

Edible insects; you may feel that these two words do not even belong in the same sentence. You have every right to be skeptical. In all probability, you have never deliberately ate an insect. However you have probably inadvertently consumed over a pound of insects in your lifetime.

Your insect consumption adds up. Flour beetles, weevils, and other insect pests that infest granaries are milled along with the grain, finally ending up as tiny black specks in your piece of bread. Small grubs and other tiny insects can be found in your fruit and vegetables. Insects are especially common in canned and other types of processed food, and even in certain beverages; I once went on a tour of an apple orchard and while the group was viewing the area where they separate the rotten and bug infested fruits from the good ones, I asked the tour guide what they did with the bug infested apples. She told me that they use them to make cider; waste not, want not! It is virtually impossible that you have not ingested insects in one form or another during your lifetime. And it probably did not harm you, but instead did you some good by providing extra protein in your meal!

There are a number of points that I would like to make:

Some insects are edible. In fact, most insects are edible, but there are a few species that are especially palatable, nutritious, and easily obtainable. I will concentrate on these.

Many species of insects are lower in fat, higher in protein, and have a better feed to meat ratio than beef, lamb, pork, or chicken.

Insects are tasty. Really! Even if you are too squeamish to have them as a main dish, you can make insect flour and add it to bread and other dishes for an added protein boost.

Insects are easy to raise. There is no manure forking. No hay bale lifting. No veterinary bills. You can raise them in an apartment without getting complaints.

Insects are beautiful. I think that all insects are beautiful, but most people I know will marvel at the iridescence of a butterfly, but shudder at the striping of a mealworm.

Most people do not mind butchering insects. The butchery of insects is very simple compared with that of cattle or poultry, and nowhere near as gory.

Raising insects is environmentally friendly. They require minimal space per pound of protein produced, have a better feed to meat ratio than any other animal you can raise, and are very low on the food chain. They are healthy, tasty, and have been utilized for the entire history of mankind (after all, it is easier to catch a grub than a mammoth).

Also, as far as I know, no animal rights activists object to the eating of insects. You don't need to destroy any wildlife habitat to eat insects, and you can incorporate insects and earthworms into a recycling program......vegetable waste in, yummy insect protein out.

More about it, which apparently is called Entomophagy, which means "insecting eating" at this site.

So, would you eat live bugs or have you eaten live bugs? Would you do it if someone paid you to do it?

I think if someone paid me, I would, but I would not jut eat them for nourishment (unless I was starving to death stranded on an island or a similar situation)

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Wordsofwit

Feb 5 @ 9:17AM  
I have seen an ad on TV for a show about stuff like that, but haven't watched it.

Are you Straddle's sister?

Once after partying at bud's place in my early twenties we got the munchies and proceeded to woof down some Cocoa Krispies. They were kind of stale. I suppose they had been open for a while. After few spoonfuls, something tasted kind of funny, you know, different. I looked down and figured it out when I noticed a swimmer in the milk in the bowl.
StraddleMyNose

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Feb 5 @ 9:23AM  
No, I couldn't eat live bugs... I can't even kill a bug!

Are you Straddle's sister?
Are you kidding, Bruce, this blog isn't as nasty as some of the blogs I came up with.

dmbchick420

Feb 5 @ 9:23AM  
EWWW!!!!!!

Are you Straddle's sister?

I don't know...am I??? I always wanted a brother!!!!
dmbchick420

Feb 5 @ 9:24AM  
No, I couldn't eat live bugs...

Wait...wait...wait...let me get this straight now...you can eat period blood but not live bugs???
StraddleMyNose

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Feb 5 @ 9:25AM  
Oh shit, and I forgot to add this. It does turn me on to watch a woman put a bug in her mouth and keep it there playing with it for about 30 seconds before she eats it. Makes me horny even thinking about that.
dmbchick420

Feb 5 @ 9:27AM  
I have seen an ad on TV for a show about stuff like that, but haven't watched it.

This wasn't one of those reality shows like "Fear Factor" or "Survivor"...this was a PBS program about some other country where they eat that crap like a delicacy
StraddleMyNose

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Feb 5 @ 9:27AM  
...you can eat period blood but not live bugs???

Well yeah, no comparison whatsoever. Bring on the blood!
dmbchick420

Feb 5 @ 9:31AM  
Well yeah, no comparison whatsoever.

No, but if I had to choose....I think I would pick eating bugs!!!! I have periods and yeah.....
Wordsofwit

Feb 5 @ 9:34AM  
I forgot to mention that I kind of lost my appetite as did my pal. We gave the bowls to the dog and he didn't seem to mind. BTW, it was a fucking roach! Smoking one is one thing, eating one quite another!
Wordsofwit

Feb 5 @ 9:58AM  
This wasn't one of those reality shows

This was not for a reality show. It was on Discovery or something like that. It involves this guy who travels around the world and explores different foods, not just bugs, but they are part of it.

BTW, we have a Asian market nearby that sells things like string ray, calf testicles, carp, and chicken feet among other oddities, but I didn't see ay insects. They also carry some unusual fresh fruits and vegetables. I asked about the chicken feet and they are used to make a broth for a Filipino soup.
dmbchick420

Feb 5 @ 10:08AM  
BTW, we have a Asian market nearby that sells things like string ray, calf testicles, carp, and chicken feet among other oddities

GROSS!! I guess I'm just not "cultured enough" to eat stuff like that! Pass me the meat and potatoes please!
Sunshine79

Feb 5 @ 1:05PM  
Insects are easy to raise. There is no manure forking. No hay bale lifting. No veterinary bills. You can raise them in an apartment without getting complaints.

I think my daughter is already doing this in her room. She likes to sneak snacks in there and hide them, then wonder why she has ants.

lunanegra

Feb 5 @ 2:20PM  
Well,would you do it for survival? This guy does...

Anyone heard of Man Vs. Wild with Bear Grylls? Watch that clip,but only if you're not easily squeamish.
dmbchick420

Feb 5 @ 2:26PM  
Well,would you do it for survival? This guy does...

Anyone heard of Man Vs. Wild with Bear Grylls? Watch that clip,but only if you're not easily squeamish

OHHHHH GROSS!!!! I couldn't even finish watching it....blech, blech, blech.
Wordsofwit

Feb 5 @ 3:02PM  
I think my daughter is already doing this in her room.

I recall those days! I remember my ex going in our daughter's room and encountering a foul oder. A search turned up a ham sandwich in a zip lock about a week and half old. When she lifted up some dirty clothes she found it. It was crawling with maggots and she lost her cookies so to speak. Usually the woman just bitched about things but this time she let the belt do her talking.
fantasyfactory

Feb 5 @ 5:40PM  
Oh Hell! I eat bugs every time I go ridin! No windshield! Bugs are just a little more protein in the diet that's all. Dont you want some more protein in your diet?
flavorbuster

Feb 5 @ 6:16PM  
I would say no but Luna has a point in a matter of survival .... Hell years ago people in a plane crash resorted to cannibalism to survive !!!!!

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