For most Westerners, the thought of eating a beetle or an ant triggers a gag reflex. We've been trained to hate and eliminate six-legged creatures of all kinds, even the ones that are good for us. But according to a recent U.N. report, our days of not eating six-legged creatures are probably over.
4Everyone Else Is Already on the Bug-Eating Bandwagon
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"Peer pressure tastes crunchy."
Unless you're an unsupervised toddler or a contestant on Fear Factor, you're probably going out of your way to not let bugs down your gullet. But that's a specifically Western thing -- everyone else on the planet has been fine with eating insects for a while now. In fact, there's even a word for it -- "entomophagy." There are 36 African countries that are entomophagous, 29 in Asia, 23 in the Americas, and 11 in Europe. And remember, these guys are eating bugs on purpose. As in, there's a whole industry of bug harvesting and preparation thriving everywhere else but America. And that's good, because the U.N. thinks bugs are the missing ingredient in the recipe called "Not Letting Poor People Starve."