“Mom! There’s a cockroach on my banjo case! ” “Okay honey, I’ll bring the skillet” Entomophagy is the term for eating insects as food. Insects as food? The idea is not culturally accepted in many developed first world countries. So why do so many people frown upon the consumption of insects? Offering a fried grasshopper to a friend would probably bring about comments such as “gross! ” “no way” or “you’re kidding me!! ” Let’s face it, bugs are known for some gross things. Cockroaches, for instance, prefer meats, sweets and starches, but also eat hair, decaying matter, and dead skin cells.
The idea of eating something that eats dead skin cells is not very appealing. Our minds may scream at us not to eat insects, but if raised, prepared, and cooked right they are usually safe and nutritious! Common sense has to be used, like in most things. If the insect has a strong odor, or is brightly colored, it’s practically challenging you to eat it. A challenge that you would most likely lose. Not often do people die from eating these types of insects, but sickness is a possibility. There are 1,462 recorded species of edible bugs.
People of various countries eat what is indigenous to their country. For instance, the Japanese eat different kinds of larva, grasshoppers, and Japanese beetles. People in West Africa are known for eating termites, grasshoppers, crickets, and caterpillars. And the people of Thailand eat mealworms, and grasshoppers. Although these days eating insects isn’t very socially acceptable, entomophagy goes back centuries. The Romans and Greeks used to consider beetle larva and locusts a delicacy. Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and scientist, wrote about tasty cicadas, which is a flying bug.
In the book of Leviticus, book 11 verse 22 says “Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. ” God knows all things! It’s a good idea not to argue with God. If that’s not enough to make the insects in Israel a bit squeamish, John the Baptist lived off locusts and honey comb when he was preaching in the wilderness of Judea. In Matthew 3, verse 4 it says “John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. ” So, obviously, eating insects was not out of the question.
Throughout history and in different cultures eating bugs was a part of life. So there must be reasoning behind all the madness. A hundred grams of grasshoppers typically have 20. 6 grams of protein and only 6. 1 grams of fat. Whereas 107 grams of a McDonalds hamburger has 12. 0 grams of protein and 10. 0 grams of fat. So not only do grasshoppers have a lot of protein and low fat, but they have other vitimuns also. 100 grams of those little hoppers have 20 percent of a persons daily value of iron and three percent of calcium.