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Expert: Eat More Bugs — They’re Not So Bad!

posted: 05/28/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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To most of the Western world, eating bugs might sound like a challenge out of a reality show circa 2001. In a new op-ed published on Nature.com, however, British researcher Ophelia Deroy is trying to change minds.

Western culture views insects as a source of disease and infection while, in reality, they provide a sustainable source of protein. In an interview earlier this month with The Guardian, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan pointed out that two billion people already eat insects as a source of animal protein. "Insects have a very good conversion rate from feed to meat," he said. "Eating insects is good for the environment and balanced diets."

According to Deroy, a paradigm shift could happen -- minds could change if insects are presented as food instead of pests:

Chefs and others who work intimately with food know the importance of perception. I would never have eaten crickets if it was not for the beautiful golden dust that the chef sprayed them with before placing them on the side of a salad. It made them look unusual, and rare, but also made me anticipate a firm crunchy texture and a sharp taste. These expectations made the experience of eating them much less scary, and really enjoyable.

Click here to read Deroy's full article

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