Why You’re Consuming Edible Insects – And Why That’s OK

bug partsLike it or not, bug parts are a part of your diet. Find out which insects you’re munching and why. Plus, can insects actually be tasty?

You probably don’t dine regularly on garlicky grasshoppers or scorpion scallopini. Still, you might be eating a pound of bug parts each year – in peanut butter sandwiches, chocolate candy bars or the sauce on your pizza.

Peanut butter, for example, can contain up to 30 insect parts per 3.5 ounces (100 grams). The same amount of chocolate can hold as many as 60 insect parts, and a ladle of tomato sauce can hide up to 30 fly eggs.

You’re probably saying, “Eew!”

But bug parts in food are legal, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.

 

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