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Entomophagy as Paleo? (Is eating insects Paleo?)

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 04, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Any Entomophagists?

Supposedly very good source of protein, decent source of fat and low carb.

I'd personally be more concerned with taste and texture but given the right nutritional metabolic advantage, I'd be willing to try it

anyone know the nutritional benefits?

I know there have been times they've been used as a food source for many cultures and I'm sure Paleolithic man ate them too

edit: I'm also highly curious about digestibility, carapace of locust for instance

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:00 AM

Yeah I heard that too but shouldn't locust be fine? Depends on the Rabbis you talk to as well, look in scripture and see for your self

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 29, 2011
at 11:07 PM

I call shrimp "sea buggies" to get my son to laugh.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 29, 2011
at 11:04 PM

They have real grasshopper ice cream at the parlor down the street. I keep coming up with excuses not to try it, but one of these days I'm going to work up the courage to give it a shot.

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on July 29, 2011
at 10:07 PM

I thought the consensus was that we no longer know what the exact acceptable species are so it is no longer permissible to eat them.

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on January 26, 2011
at 07:02 PM

i like ure question. vi suggest go for it and share your experienc. i have eatan ant and some worms. i think i tried wesp. be cautious some parts are poison or irritand. So be aware before trying. I think its good to eat. better than support all the aggricultured meat. This kill our planet. I just sawit in a docu that aggriculture makes europe to a wasteland, so that people had to moove to america. They overfish and overeat everything.

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on September 22, 2010
at 07:17 PM

Awesome, thanks for sharing!

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on June 04, 2010
at 05:37 PM

@andrew -- whenever I eat shrimp or lobster, I always think to myself, aren't these sort of like cockroaches of the sea? :)

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on June 04, 2010
at 05:36 PM

@Earl -- I think I am getting your humor.

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on June 04, 2010
at 01:44 PM

if i were in thailand or vietnam or somewhere like that where theyre really good and experienced at cooking them, id eat fried, crispy spiders and bugs every damn day. No worries. Killer nutrition (as long as, like you mentioned, theyre not farm-raised and all).

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on June 04, 2010
at 12:58 PM

My biggest concern with trying this is pesticides...

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on June 04, 2010
at 12:58 PM

I bet the insects eat what they're supposed to!

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on June 04, 2010
at 11:26 AM

Just read a newspaper article about it. Spooky.

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on September 22, 2010
at 07:12 PM

I've eaten my fair share of wild caught grasshoppers. I sorta stumbled into this a few summers back, picking wild raspberries and getting just inundated with hoppers. So I chomped a couple down (while holding back my gag reflex, just acculturation I am sure). I got a butterfly net and harvested a gallon jug of hoppers, put them in the freezer to kill them, picked through the mess of bugs to pick out the wasps/flies/moths I'd caught in the process. Then proceeded to fry them up as I would any coconut curry stirfry. The flavor was fine, the texture odd, and a bit of a gross out to consume, but fine enough.

Catching significant amounts would be easy enough with a long days' gathering, and give the kids of a tribe something to do. I'd imagine dried, they'd store easily for long periods.

The hoppers I've eaten are all wild caught, far from any man-made crops or gardens even, just wild hoppers eating what ever it is they eat in the grasslands and forests of Western South Dakota. I figure they are just the "shrimp of the prairie"! Stool after consumption looked a bit like after my dog gets into a lot of soft bone, sorta course, and pale in color, but no stink/stench and certainly a comfortable composition. TMI

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on September 22, 2010
at 07:17 PM

Awesome, thanks for sharing!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 29, 2011
at 11:04 PM

They have real grasshopper ice cream at the parlor down the street. I keep coming up with excuses not to try it, but one of these days I'm going to work up the courage to give it a shot.

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on June 04, 2010
at 01:50 PM

I don't know about some of the African or Australian tribes but as far as my direct ancestors are concerned, it is my belief that the moment they resorted to eating bugs, agriculture and animal husbandry were invented shortly thereafter. No self respecting Ice Age Paleo hunter accustomed to dining on Mastodons and Woolly Mammoths willingly ate insects. Sorry to offend you bug eaters out there but you need to give your heads a shake.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on June 04, 2010
at 05:36 PM

@Earl -- I think I am getting your humor.

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on June 04, 2010
at 12:27 PM

Many grasshoppers are kosher, too, for PaleoJews.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on July 29, 2011
at 10:07 PM

I thought the consensus was that we no longer know what the exact acceptable species are so it is no longer permissible to eat them.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on August 04, 2012
at 07:00 AM

Yeah I heard that too but shouldn't locust be fine? Depends on the Rabbis you talk to as well, look in scripture and see for your self

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on June 29, 2010
at 07:27 PM

From beyond vegetarian: Insect food

Regarding consumption of animal foods by primates, Hamilton and Busse [1978, p. 761] note: Many primate species once considered herbivorous are now known to expand the animal-matter portion of their diet to high levels when it is possible to do so... Insect food is the predominant animal matter resource for primates. Insects are eaten by all extant apes, i.e., chimpanzees (e.g., Lawick-Goodall 1968), orang-utans (Gladikas-Brindamour1), gorillas (Fossey2), gibbons (Chivers 1972, R.L. Tilson3), and the siamang (Chivers 1972). The amount of insect matter in most primate diets is small, but may expand to more than 90% of the diet when insects are abundant and easily captured...

Preference for animal matter seems confirmed.

Note that the footnote numbers in the quote above refer only to Hamilton and Busse [1978].

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on July 29, 2011
at 06:26 PM

I think it's pretty dang likely that people have always eaten insects. I raise and eat my own meal worms. I got them initially from this place (says they are raised organically) last November and the second generation larvae are just now getting big enough to eat. I eat about 4 or 5 a day. They are kind of like a hobby/pet/snack in one. Eventually I'd like to start gathering wild insects (very inspiring story Tim!).

Man Eating Bugs is a good coffee table book on this subject.

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on June 04, 2010
at 02:28 PM

"How Stuff Works" provides a nice intro. to this topic at http://people.howstuffworks.com/entomophagy.htm.

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on June 04, 2010
at 11:49 AM

I don't think I could eat spiders - but snails aren't so far from this, and people eat them. Big grasshoppers (locusts) are supposed to be very good. And there are all sorts of insects related to shrimp.

I'm sure the omega 3 / 6 balance would be good too!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on June 04, 2010
at 12:58 PM

I bet the insects eat what they're supposed to!

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on June 04, 2010
at 05:37 PM

@andrew -- whenever I eat shrimp or lobster, I always think to myself, aren't these sort of like cockroaches of the sea? :)

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 29, 2011
at 11:07 PM

I call shrimp "sea buggies" to get my son to laugh.

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