The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) claims over two billion of the world’s population eats insects, most of which being in tropical climates. Although entomophagy is popular in Mexico and parts of Asia, Africa, and South America, in recent years it has grown into parts of the Western world along with curiosity.
It may seem as though the only time people eat bugs are when they are dared to on reality shows such as Survivor or Fear Factor, but more bugs are consumed in Northern America than one might assume. In red lipsticks and red candies, a common ingredient is cochineal, which is an insect from South America used for red dyes. Aside from dares and sweets, more and more insects are being used in protein bars and ground into a powder to make flour for all sorts of baked goodies.
So grab a protein bar and keep on reading to learn what kind of benefits are found in the world of entomophagy.