Do some people really eat bugs?
Yes, some people eat bugs as part of their diet. The practice of eating insects is called entomophagy. Insects are high in nutritional value, low in fat and inexpensive. Sounds like the perfect choice for a low-cal diet.
Instead of spending money on sprays to kill roaches, ants, bee, and other insects, you could be catching them for your meal. Is your response YUCK? or YUMMY? A negative response would definitely come from Americans, while Asians are more likely to be receptive to the idea.
The insect larvae, cricket, and grasshopper lollipops are for real. For those counting their calories, sugar-free lollipops are available. I’ll have to admit to purchasing iinsect lollipops and my grandchildren did squeal when they saw them. But it was one time that they declined a candy treat. I don’t remember where I put them. Guess by now ants have eaten them. Better them than me. Question:
How can one group find chocolate covered insects so appealing while another finds it repulsive?
Its called cultural taboo. This means that it is a behavior that is learned. American children are taught not to eat bugs, while some Asian parents serve their children different insects. Guess its true that you cannot teach an “old dog” new tricks. This is one “old dog” that doesn’t care to eat insects even if they are covered in chocolate.
For bug investigations, see JANICE VANCLEAVE’S INSECTS AND SPIDERS.