Eating Insects for Survival

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Survivalists around the world and many people worldwide usually eat insects on a regular basis.  Insect eating isn’t really only for survival purposes, but also served to everyday people for any normal occasion like the movies.  Served like popcorn in movie theaters, or centipedes on a stick, sold as street food.  Doesn’t really sound something you would want to try, as it really quashes your appetite to most.  However, it will save your life in terms of survivalism.  In this article we will show you what you need to avoid, in case you are looking for that insect you want to eat to survive.  Not all are eatable.

Poisonous Insects

Avoid poisonous insects at all costs. To know if an insect is toxic, you will have to pick up the insect and smell it.  If it smells horrible, then that is a warning that it won’t be good for you.  Also the colorful insects and caterpillars are probably toxic too.   Same goes for any hairy bugs and those that bite or sting. That means leaving spiders alone, as well as disease-carrying insects like ticks, mosquitoes and flies.

What to look for

Ants are great roasted or fried.   Larvae, grubs and termites are also great sources of protein.  Earthworms are edible and easy to spot right after a rainy day. Worms taste like dirt and sand .  The most popular edible insects across the world include grasshoppers, crickets, locusts and cicadas. They’re best roasted, but feel free to remove their heads, feet and wings first because the protein is mostly in the abdomen.  June bugs are also safe.

How many insects do you need? 

An important thing to remember when you’re foraging for bugs is that while they’re rich in protein, they’re also very small.  You will need to eat more than just one or two .   An average person need around  50 grams of protein daily which adds up to t 20,000 ants, however, if its a grasshopper, or earthworms, you will need a lot less, since they are larger.  If you feel you are disgusted by the idea to eat insects, keep in mind that you eat insects every day.  Really small amounts, and found in your chocolate to fruit juice, to canned vegetables.

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