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Do you have Insects and Bugs in your Diet?

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Created January 19, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Do you get your nutritional need for energy from bugs? Have you eaten bugs, worms, snails, wasps, bees, larvae? How wild or primal is your diet really? Or are you just following a marketing label?!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 22, 2011
at 12:23 AM

I read in "Sex At Dawn" that FDA does not require companies report that milled pepper they sell actually contains quite a bit of insect. Don't know if it's true, but it was mentioned in that wonderful book.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 22, 2011
at 12:21 AM

It's not necessarily re-enactment. I have read of the great varieties of foods that some H-G people ate. Variety increases the chances that you will be getting all the nutrients you need.

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on April 21, 2011
at 10:48 PM

i imagine many could easily be poisonous. In order to make snails edible you essentially need to "fast" them on a benign plant like lettuce for a week or so. Otherwise, the toxins in plants they may have eaten could be dangerous.

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on January 20, 2011
at 12:56 AM

I know this is a sarcastic answer, but if I were to eat bugs, I would never eat roaches. Ants, of course..roaches, oh god no.

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on January 19, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Bugs are ok... just please don't eat your common outdoor backyard variational bugs... as they are very commonly poisoned with pesticides and that could make you sick. Consider instead growing your own blood worms, crickets, grasshoppers, etc Pet stores usually have stuff to do this (if they sell reptiles) I don't eat bugs right now.. but I would in a survival situation. I do however eat snails... plenty of small and large game, and would not be adversed to eating larvae, bloodworms if I could find a nutritional reason for them in my current diet.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 19, 2011
at 06:47 PM

thanks probably your oversea. Im in europe. How do you prepare the ants? I the cat raised on healthy meat? And the had the dog a happy life with organic or wild meat?

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on January 19, 2011
at 06:35 PM

yes oakoy I am preparing a dish of delicious roaches and ants I invite you to come over for dinner and share it. Also I am planning to have boiled cat and mashed dog, in case you are interested! Come on....

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on January 19, 2011
at 05:33 PM

i don't see the community around here saying that. what you mostly hear is, "kurt harris, robb wolf, mark sisson, leo cordain, and other guys agree on the basics of no grains, no sugar, leveling your omega 3's with your 6's and whaddayaknow, it worked for me. maybe you should start at this baseline and then start experimenting." my friend, that strawman you just erected won't stand the first breeze.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 19, 2011
at 05:31 PM

I just think the leading paleo speakers, saying eating meat. I think its more healthy to eat regualary insects instead of meat from big mammal. Paleo people in old times start eating a frog and try it out if it works. Please dont feel bothered by the question! Without labels you maybe look behind the whole paleo world and find things like eatingbugs. Bugs has got nutrients and protein. Maybe better digestable than meat. The origin of my question was an article in a from the finnish news. They thought on bugs and insects if they wouldnt be an alternative for meat.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 19, 2011
at 05:25 PM

Label means. Get the new book from Robb ... or get the primal blue print, otherwise your not Paleo. A Paleo Diet driven by labels is if you follow this kinda Gurus. Or special techniques crossfit, kettleballs. There must be a paleo way without this labels, this is more to look how surivalist eat, what anthropologist found out, What archeology say on Paleo time.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 19, 2011
at 05:20 PM

What are the traditional methods of preparing insects?

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on January 19, 2011
at 04:16 PM

oh I think its a legitimate question, I think most people are bothered by the tone. I didnt downvote it, but the tone does bother me.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

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on January 19, 2011
at 03:21 PM

i ate some bugs on halloween last year. dark chocolate covered so I think that's sorta still paleo. if wish i could somehow export the video of it from facebook...

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

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on January 19, 2011
at 03:12 PM

i cringe at this having a negative vote because, why not? plenty of cultures around the world eat bugs as street food. oak0y are you being serious if so I'd like to upvote your question.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on January 19, 2011
at 03:09 PM

I'm all about some ocean bugs!

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

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on January 19, 2011
at 01:24 PM

Good answer. I'd also add that when we're eating shrimp, crabs or other types of shellfish, we're eating bugs. Also, though I'm sure bugs were eaten in the era we're trying to biochemically emulate, from all my reading the mega fauna were the prized animals of choice because of the vast nutritional and practical use of them

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on January 19, 2011
at 11:49 AM

A marketing label? I eat Whole Unprocessed Real Food.

The beauty of truly eating paleo... Is it's ridiculously hard to profit off it. Who is going to pay more for paleo-in-a-box, when whole food is easy to get?

As for insects... I'd be more than willing to try them, in a pesticide free environment, with someone knowledgeable about which ones are safe to eat.

We have a thread about Entomophagy here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/5618/entomophagy-as-paleo-is-eating-insects-paleo#axzz1BTrQjm4c

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on January 19, 2011
at 03:21 PM

i ate some bugs on halloween last year. dark chocolate covered so I think that's sorta still paleo. if wish i could somehow export the video of it from facebook...

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 19, 2011
at 03:09 PM

I'm all about some ocean bugs!

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on January 19, 2011
at 01:24 PM

Good answer. I'd also add that when we're eating shrimp, crabs or other types of shellfish, we're eating bugs. Also, though I'm sure bugs were eaten in the era we're trying to biochemically emulate, from all my reading the mega fauna were the prized animals of choice because of the vast nutritional and practical use of them

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Ceda025d1f349bc43be115a5f9199fb1

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on January 19, 2011
at 10:53 AM

Those foods are not readily available for most of us. And, the traditional methods of preparing insects are not part of the contemporary Western food culture. Nothing against eating them, but Paleo isn't always about reenactment.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78417)

on January 19, 2011
at 05:20 PM

What are the traditional methods of preparing insects?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78417)

on April 22, 2011
at 12:21 AM

It's not necessarily re-enactment. I have read of the great varieties of foods that some H-G people ate. Variety increases the chances that you will be getting all the nutrients you need.

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on January 19, 2011
at 01:08 PM

Not sure what you mean by "marketing label", but I too eat whole, un-processed foods. I am as paleo as I know how to be, but I will never, ever eat bugs...sorry.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on January 19, 2011
at 05:33 PM

i don't see the community around here saying that. what you mostly hear is, "kurt harris, robb wolf, mark sisson, leo cordain, and other guys agree on the basics of no grains, no sugar, leveling your omega 3's with your 6's and whaddayaknow, it worked for me. maybe you should start at this baseline and then start experimenting." my friend, that strawman you just erected won't stand the first breeze.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78417)

on January 19, 2011
at 05:25 PM

Label means. Get the new book from Robb ... or get the primal blue print, otherwise your not Paleo. A Paleo Diet driven by labels is if you follow this kinda Gurus. Or special techniques crossfit, kettleballs. There must be a paleo way without this labels, this is more to look how surivalist eat, what anthropologist found out, What archeology say on Paleo time.

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on April 21, 2011
at 11:37 PM

I have eaten some bugs. Not for nutrition or reenactment just for fun, adventure, and curiosity about local traditional food sources. One that I eat a few times a year are grasshoppers. They are fun to catch with kids in the summer and grill or fry up. The way I catch them is get up a little before the sun cut a evergreen branch. then when it starts to get light walk through grass get them all jumping then "net" them with the branch. They are slower moving in the cold morning so it gives you more time to pull them out of the branch. If you have a few people you can work by starting in a big circle and closing it in. Another one I eat a few times through out the summer is wood grubs. They are fine to eat raw are really mild tasting, easy to find, and gross people out which is fun.

A list of other bugs/creepy crawly things I have eaten

carpenter ants=eat the competition! That's my job!

slugs=dipped in vinegar to remove slim and grilled wild hot dogs

honey bees=found in free 5 gallon buckets of raw honey with the wax all broken and mixed in that I used to make mead out of. They where really good being preserved in honey and all. I have also eaten the larvae when a friend was harvesting honey from his nests. they taste like nothing

snails=throw them on the grill and cook them up. Poisonous plants in there digestive track? don't be such a wuss!

worms=kinda gritty

flying termites=not worth the effort. Taste like what you cook them with.

scorpion= the little ones where I live are a lot of exoskeleton with not much meat/goo not worth the effort.

mosquitos/flies/nats= riding a bike

this doesn't include all the sea creatures.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 22, 2011
at 12:23 AM

I read in "Sex At Dawn" that FDA does not require companies report that milled pepper they sell actually contains quite a bit of insect. Don't know if it's true, but it was mentioned in that wonderful book.

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Medium avatar

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on April 21, 2011
at 10:37 PM

i went to a thai restaurant in chicago where they specialize in different authentic thai recipes not usually found in well, 99% of thai places. they had a grubby worm type thingy on the menu. I ordered it, as i am an adventurous eater. They were good, they tasted a bit like delicately crispy french fries. then i had the runs an hour later. meh.

this seems like a bit of a "shock value" question, but in many parts of the world, it's perfectly normal to eat bugs. Taken a good look at a live shrimp lately? Not too much of a stretch really...

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on April 21, 2011
at 10:22 PM

Couldn't some bugs be poisonous? And what about bugs that have been eating pesticides? Grasshoppers look good to me, roasted crunchy over the grill.

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on April 21, 2011
at 10:48 PM

i imagine many could easily be poisonous. In order to make snails edible you essentially need to "fast" them on a benign plant like lettuce for a week or so. Otherwise, the toxins in plants they may have eaten could be dangerous.

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on January 19, 2011
at 07:08 PM

If I could source big, fat grubs that were not contaminated, I would definitely eat them. The nutritional profile often exceeds that of meat.

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Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

on January 19, 2011
at 06:36 PM

yes oakoy I am preparing a dish of delicious roaches and ants I invite you to come over for dinner and share it. Also I am planning to have boiled cat and mashed dog, in case you are interested! Come on

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78417)

on January 19, 2011
at 06:47 PM

thanks probably your oversea. Im in europe. How do you prepare the ants? I the cat raised on healthy meat? And the had the dog a happy life with organic or wild meat?

8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

(2581)

on January 20, 2011
at 12:56 AM

I know this is a sarcastic answer, but if I were to eat bugs, I would never eat roaches. Ants, of course..roaches, oh god no.

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on January 19, 2011
at 06:27 PM

I don't eat Paleo because of a marketing label OR because it's what our ancestors did. I eat Paleo because it works for me. It makes me feel healthier and helped me lose some body fat that I had been unable to get rid of of eating a conventional wisdom "healthy" diet.

I read the books and listen to the podcasts because I find the science behind it intriguing, but it doesn't really matter to me. I would still eat this way without the science behind it because it is making me feel better than I ever have.

I will most likely never eat a bug. Not even chocolate covered.

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