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Five Countries That Eat Insects

Travelers Today       By    Glory Moralidad

Updated: Feb 07, 2017 04:16 AM EST

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While many people shudder at the thought of bugs, there are individuals, or nations rather, who relish the idea of eating insects. Humanosphere reports that insects are almost certainly going to be a bigger part of your diet in the future and are healthier, for you and the planet than many, if not most, things Americans eat.

So, if you're curious to taste one, we'll give you hints on where to find restaurants around the globe that serve bugs as delicacies.

USA. You can find so many restaurants serving crickets, worms and grasshopper dipped with cheese cream and tartar sauce. In Seattle, a restaurant named Poquitos serves Chapulines, which are toasted grasshoppers with chile-lime salt seasoning. Don Bugito in California happens to be one of the most famous restos that serve insects as they dipped them with chocolates and over ice cream. See here for more bugsy restaurants.

Australia. The country is home to exotic species and insects, so it's no wonder that they'll be serving some as your next meal. If you stop by Bistro Dom, you'll see lines of roasted bugs. There's also a site, The Edible Bug Shop that lets you order snacks made of Dehydrated Ants, Cricket Protein Powder and DIY Bug Protein balls. Some stores serve rice with worms too, much to the delight of insect foodies.

Ghana. They eat insects not because of lifestyle, but as a way to survive. About 60 percent of the population incorporates insects in their meals. They also see them as a healthy snack, because bugs, especially termites, are high in protein. When there's food shortage, Ghanaians tend to look for insects.

Brazil. A town called Silveiras has been eating queen ants for centuries. These insects pop up during October to November, and the locals catch them to be fried and eaten. These bugs are heavily becoming sweet delicacies as they are often dipped in chocolate, mint or strawberries. However, the tradition of eating insects is threatened with the rise of modern pesticides.

Netherlands. The Dutch have embraced insect breeding. And now, Johan Van Dongen head of the meat department at Sligro would like to point out to "the Dutch that crickets, worms, and caterpillars are healthier sources of protein, and are less taxing on the environment, than steaks and pork chops," according to New York Times. Mealworms or crickets are sold in supermarkets to enhance the awareness to the general public further.

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