Consumer acceptance is the main barrier to the consumption of edible insects.
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The problem with edible insects is consumer acceptance. Entomophobia, for which scientists “”deplore the public's irrational revulsion and fear of insects, noting that these "attitudes are not at all helped by government regulations that refer to insect parts as filth, lumping them together with rodent droppings.
Our irrational revulsion has even been called a “social type of pollution. “Westerners should become more aware… of the fact that their bias against insects as food has an adverse impact, resulting in a gradual reduction in the use of insects without replacement of lost nutrition." Basically saying, hey even this, is better than getting them hooked on spam and twinkies.
Not to oversell them, though, edible insects are not without their problems—your supper can bite back, and dyspepsia has been reported, which is basically like an upset tummy. Numerous reports record intestinal upsets after people have eaten foods containing insects and mites.
In three experiments conducted on human subjects, ingestion of live house fly larvae produced nausea in 83% of volunteers. Maggots? Live maggots? I think they’re burying the lead, here. How about the whopping 17% of people that didn’t get nauseous.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Kerry Skinner.
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Meat from wild animals may trigger less inflammation (see Modern Meat Not Ahead of the Game) and since bugs aren't shot (see Filled Full of Lead) they may be The Healthiest Meat. Maggots may even be used to improve food safety (see Maggot Meat Spray, as I mentioned in my full-length 2012 presentationUprooting the Leading Causes of Death). I'm afraid, however, I would fall into the 83%.
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