Bugs are inching their way into America’s diets

American are incorporating rather exotic creatures into their diets.

silk worm larvae… stir-fried with soy, sugar and just a dash of white pepper. Bon Appetit!

The silkworms have a texture of like popcorn except they have a creamy center.

This is one of a handful of restaurants- right here in America – that serve patrons bugs on purpose.

Chili pepper seasoned cricket. Even scorpions, on shrimp toast.

Scorpions still have the stingers in them but they are dried. the poison is neutralized.

Scorpions are just one of 1,700 bugs that are safe for people to consume. It’s a modern-day novelty here in the states, but insects are part of a daily diet in most of the world.

Last year the united nations held a global conference on the benefits of eating insects. Even suggesting it might be a good solution to world hunger!

Insects are high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol. Take crickets for example? A six-ounce serving of these crunchy bugs have 60 percent less saturated fat as the same amount of ground beef.

And these ants…..

They taste a little sour, tangy and have a hint of black pepper. And have 14 grams of protein per serving!

With a growing population and rising costs of food, the rest of the world… may be on to something.

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