Let’s face it. You haven’t eaten a bug since you were in third grade and your best friend dared you to do it. As far as you’re concerned, eating bugs is fine on “Fear Factor,” but here in the real world, you’ll get your nutrition from the familiar bottles, cans and boxes you find at the supermarket, thank you very much.

I’ve got news for you, Mr. Fussy Britches. You’realready eating insects even if you don’t think you are. Peanut butter? Tons of insect parts. Chocolate? Bug fragments everywhere. Canned fruit juice? You don’t want to know.

The insect parts already in your food includes heads, legs and thoraxes. Nutrition experts suggest that the average person unintentionally ingests a pound of insects per year. It’s a fact of life and you should get comfortable with it. In fact, a growing segment of the population suggests you should make insects a part of your regular diet.

“There are all sorts of good reasons to eat bugs,” says Bill Broadbent, who, with his sister Susan, of Lewiston, runs Freeport-based bugsfordinner.com.“You may think it’s a little bit gross, but how often do you look a cow in the face and think ‘Gee, she looks delicious?'”

Good point, right? And the same could be said about lobster – how is THAT considered a delicacy while the humble cricket is shunned?

The fact is, edible insects prepared the right way aren’t gross at all, and Broadbent spends much of his time trying to convince people of this very fact. A good way to get that message across is to gather a room full of people – kids, their siblings and their parents, mainly – and have them sample the fare.

 

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