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We Eat 2 Pounds of Bugs a Year Without Knowing It

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The U.N. recently released a report saying the world’s population should eat more bugs, it would solve the world food shortage and there are benefits from eating them. Well, guess what, we are already eating bugs in most food we consume. Not always whole bugs, but bits and pieces, heads, legs, bodies and sometimes whole bugs.

When crops are harvested, bugs are on them and get scooped up with the food that gets processed for us to eat. The FDA does limit the amount of bugs in our food which is found in their ‘Defects Level Handbook’. Canned tomatoes, hops and broccoli have them and fig paste can contain up to 13 insect heads per 100 grams, canned fruit juices can contain one maggot for every 150 milliliters. The thing is you don’t really notice but each person ingests about 2 pounds of flies, maggots and other bugs per year.

Scientific America

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